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October 2010 Blog Posts (20)

Thinking Outside the Box

As we wrap up this month's topic on teamwork and advocacy, I started to reminisce on my own experiences as a therapist and how our perceived roles may sometimes interfere with more effective teamwork when serving our students with special needs.

Years ago, when working as a clinic therapist in a busy outpatient unit of a children's hospital, I…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on October 27, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

There's No "I" In Team

Each therapist, teacher, administrator and parent involved with a child automatically becomes part of the team for that child. Even if a child only qualifies for one form of therapy, that therapist must involve the child’s direct teacher, administrator, parent and possibly others.

The benefits of teamwork are countless and…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on October 26, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Invisible Team Member, the Special Education Teaching Assistant

I arrived in California leaving behind a short failed marriage and 3 years of work toward a BA in Deaf Education. Hoping that I had a skill that would help me get a job, I checked with the local school district and let them know that I knew sign language. To my surprise, I learned that the day before, money had been appropriated to hire a 1:1 teaching assistant for a 12 year old student named Ruby, who was deaf and autistic. She had just moved to California from New York where… Continue

Added by Joan Green on October 25, 2010 at 2:32pm — 3 Comments

Advocacy Chooses Us

In a beautifully written article on advocacy, Didder Bodder states "For the large majority of us, advocacy is not something that we chose in life, rather it is something that chose us. " It is each of our own choices as to how we approach advocacy, but I know for sure that it impacts each and every one of us whether we are involved with a special… Continue

Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on October 25, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Picky, Picky Pete by Michele Griffin ~ A Review


Added by Lorna d'Entremont on October 24, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Rosa's Law: A Family Advocates for Change in Washington

This past month, a new bill was enacted that will forever change the terminology used in government documents. The Marcellino family of Edgewater, MD were unhappy that their daughter Rosa's (who has Down syndrome) education plan labeled her "mentally retarded" so they advocated for change first at a local, then state, then national level. "Rosa's Law", signed into…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on October 22, 2010 at 4:02pm — 4 Comments

What's The Equation For Successful Educational Team?


Have You Heard? The Formula For An Effective Educational Team Is Quite Simple...

1. First, ADD One WHOLE child with lots of abilities

2. Add a caring parent, that sends the child to school to grow and learn

3. Multiply by a nurturing teacher, that is devoted to teaching

4. Estimate whether a creative therapist will…


Added by Sue Wilkinson on October 22, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Sensitive Sam by Marla Roth-Fisch~A Review With My Grandchild

Eh! Ania you’re back from school. Look, I brought that book, Sensitive Sam that I was…


Added by Lorna d'Entremont on October 20, 2010 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Is Johnnie Tuitel Too Disabled To Fly Alone?

As you may have read, Johnnie Tuitel, a motivational speaker, was kicked off a plane because of his disabilities. Johnnie has Cerebral Palsy which requires him to be in a wheelchair. Johnnie was escorted from his seat minutes before the plane was going to take off and told that he was a risk to other passengers. He was told he was "too disabled to fly" because he would not be able to physically assist himself. The airline stated 'If the passenger cannot, the airline requires…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on October 20, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Sensory Tip- Family Life With SPD Overwhelming

Oversensitivity or under sensitivity to many of the senses makes life extremely difficult for all family members dealing with Sensory Processing Disorders.

This one little child can disrupt the activities of the whole household: meals, dressing up times, bed times, car travels, family visits…


Added by Lorna d'Entremont on October 20, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Special Needs Kids and Dogs

Pets and kids, well they just go together. If you own a pet, you already know this. For special needs children the right kind of pet can offer encouragement with:

-social skills

-verbal skills

-daily living assistance



-overall well-being

Take a look at this video and see how one teacher really made a difference using dogs in his summer school program.

Have you tried doing any animal programs in your… Continue

Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on October 18, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

National Sensory Awareness Month! Why Does My Child Do That?

Research suggests that 1 out of 6 elementary students has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Yet how many people at your school recognize and understand SPD? Common signs Include:

1. Extra-sensitive to touch

2. Sensitivity to sounds

3. Picky eaters

4. Avoidance of sensory stimulation

5. Uncomfortable with…

Added by Sue Wilkinson on October 15, 2010 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Students Help a Special Needs Student Get on the Homecoming Court

This month's blog topic is on advocacy. How can we work as a team and best meet the needs of some our special needs students? This group of high school students is a shining example of advocacy in action! Check out the story and video. Sometimes all it takes is awareness to make a difference!

Happy Homecoming festivities to high schools…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on October 13, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Make Teamwork Work For You!

Too many times I have heard therapists complaining about teachers and vice versa. For a child with disabilities, teamwork can be a huge factor in the success of that child. Teachers, therapists, and administration, along with others, are an integral and important part to any student's learning and development. Teamwork is not about telling each other what to do, but to work together to determine what will work best for the…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on October 12, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Pulling A School Team Together

We often get asked questions from frustrated parents who aren't sure how to approach a school system when their children are falling between the cracks or not thriving in school. The first question to a parent or struggling teacher should be, "have you approached your team?" When providing education, therapy and motivation to a child who may be in need of extra resources, it's paramount that the entire team sit down together to discuss the best… Continue

Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on October 11, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

The HAPPY Transdisciplinary Team! Year 2010-2011

What makes a Grrrrreat Team, GREAT?!

  • Child-focused
  • Inspired
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Role sharing
  • Enthusiasm!
  • Teaching…

Added by Sue Wilkinson on October 8, 2010 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

URGENT: Tools that REALLY WORK for ADD. No pill bottles required!

Listen To This! Got deadlines? Need to enhance your productivity? Homework struggles?

These are tools Miss Sue swears by:

First, do something PHYSICAL. If you are helping a child, a trampoline, swing, bungee jumper or jump rope give best…


Added by Sue Wilkinson on October 6, 2010 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

What Makes Someone Concentrate?

Have you ever found yourself turning down the music in your car when your in traffic or looking for an address for the first time? When your in a long meeting, do you have to swing your foot, tap your pencil, or make some other movement. Do you know anyone who has to move every time they get on the phone.

My husband will immediately stand up when his phone rings…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on October 5, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Happy Physical Therapy Month!

October is physical therapy month!

If you KNOW a physical therapist, take the time to thank them for their dedication to this field which impacts nearly everyone daily. Physical Therapists this month will be out and about educating the public on the benefits of physical therapy. This year the… Continue

Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on October 4, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

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