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November 2010 Blog Posts (20)

Give Thanks This Season For Being At Home



Home is where the heart is. As Thanksgiving passes us and we roll into the holiday season, lets stop to be thankful for our homes. I'd like to draw your attention to a particular organization in Georgia who is helping those with Special Needs be at home this season. Take a look at Matthew's Speech and what this organization is doing to… Continue

Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on November 29, 2010 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Wiggle Rooms ...WORK! Looks like "play." Gets RESULTS

Who knew what looks like an indoor playground, actually has movement and sensory tools that improve classwork?

Whether it is called Wiggle Room, Move-To-Learn, Sensory Motor Room, S.P.A. (Sensory Processing, For Academics), Hang Time, or Chill Out Space…the…

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Added by Sue Wilkinson on November 27, 2010 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Your Classroom Then and Now

Back in July I wrote a blog called : Classroom Sights Do Too Many Colors Overstimulate Children. I showed you a "calm" and a "not so calm" view of the inside of a classroom. I have since been wondering through schools looking at different ways teacher's approach the "interior design" of their rooms. I have picked up a few tips to pass along:



-Keep Your Walls Calm. Information is… Continue

Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on November 25, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Terrible or Terrific Mommy? Tying Shoes At 7!

It all started when my daughter came home from school this week and said "If we can tie our shoes by Friday, we'll get a treat". Although I'm not a fan of this bribery of sorts, I know what motivates kids and candy is one of them. So, I told my daughter to put on her shoes and I would teach her.

Its not that I haven't thought about teaching her in the past when she was younger, but there was no reason to teach her. All of her shoes are either slip on, buckle, or…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on November 23, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Sound in the Classroom

Our environment is filled with sights, textures, smells.... and sounds. We sometimes tend to forget the impact that sound can deliver to children in school, in a classroom or lunchroom. I can remember as a child, holding my hands over my ears during lunchtime. I can also remember looking forward to my favorite specialty: music. The teacher sang to us while playing a guitar. I was very fortunate this past year, as my son's 1st grade teacher played… Continue

Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on November 22, 2010 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Rescuing Recess!

Think recess is just child's play? Ironically "playtime" is just as vital as classroom time to a child's social, emotional, physical, and educational development.

Many therapists understand that a child's sensory system needs heavy work and input to the movement or vestibular system. Yet 40% of elementary schools in the US have eliminated or are…

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Added by Sue Wilkinson on November 19, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

TimeTimer Saves the Day!

As our discussion continues on how providing a sensory rich environment may help children learn, I recently came across this blog from one smart mom who was struggling to get her sensory sensitive child to eat. Check out her forthright and inspiring story on this blog:

Who knew this amazing little modification would make all the…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on November 17, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Its Recess! What Are Your Kids Really Doing?



I am not sure what recess is REALLY like through the eyes of a child with special needs. I can only relate to my own childhood. I spent half of it trying to avoid running into boys or bullies and the other half waiting for my turn to get on a swing. I loved swings. I was the champion “parachuter” waiting until my swing turn was over and then taking my swing to its highest high (and without inverting my arms...that was for sissies), I would eject myself from my swing and come… Continue

Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on November 15, 2010 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

CDC: Childhood ADHD Rate Rises 22%

That's nearly 1 in 10 kids in the US with ADHD. Yikes!

The CDC has released a report suggesting the rates of ADHD are growing.The percentage of children ages 4 to 17 who have ever been diagnosed with ADHD rose from 7.8% to 9.5% between 2003 and 2007—a 22% increase, the CDC found. The report was based on the results of the National Survey of Children’s Health, a nationwide telephone survey of…

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Added by Sue Wilkinson on November 12, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

How do Colors Affect People

Color is meaningful to all people. Color is a very powerful psychological tool used in many ways. One has the ability to convey a message or communicate positively or negatively through color. When you think of food, what do the golden arches communicate to you? Burgers and fries of course! For most children this means a satisfied tummy, fun, happy meals and a toy. We all feel a certain way dependent on the colors we see and even shades can make a difference. Choosing colors in our home or…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on November 9, 2010 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Your Classroom Then and Now

Back in July I wrote ablog called : Classroom Sights Do Too Many Colors Overstimulate Children. I showed you a "calm"
and a "not so calm" view of the inside of a classroom. I have since been wondering through schools looking at different ways teacher's approach the "interior design" of their rooms. I have picked up a few tips to pass along:


-Keep Your Walls…
Continue

Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on November 9, 2010 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Need a Hug?

I got a frightening phone call from my daughter at 1:30 this morning. She was at a club in Hollywood dancing with friends when a fight broke out. Another friend had been holding her purses, but in the confusion she put it down and within seconds two women picked it up and ran out the door. Her purse contained her new IPhone and wallet. She had only had the phone for a few weeks and had paid for it with hard work and overtime money. She was talking, crying and screaming. I could… Continue

Added by Joan Green on November 6, 2010 at 2:48pm — 1 Comment

No Child Left On Their Behinds: RECESS ROCKS!

Instead of NCLB...wouldn't it be great if we had legislation that protects school recess? The law would establish:

  • The child's body is KEY to learning
  • Movement allows the body to process sensations the brain requires for learning
  • The least restrictive environment (LRE) is not being held in chairs for hours, irregardless of the students…
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Added by Sue Wilkinson on November 5, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Come By and Say Hi at ASHA 2010 in Philly Nov. 18-20

If your going to the ASHA convention, then you are joining over 10,000 speech-language pathologist, audiologist, and other specialists in the field. This is a great time to learn more about your specialized field by attending CEU's, make great contacts with other specialists in your area, and find the newest and brightest tools to help children with hearing and communication issues.

Come visit The Speech Bin's booth #453…

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

Join Us at the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Conference

This week I am in sunny southern California for the NAEYC Conference in Anaheim which runs 11/3-11/6/10.

Founded in 1926 NAEYC is dedicated to promoting excellence in development and education in early childhood and currently has over 90,000 members. School Specialty Special Needs is thrilled to be collaborating with our Early Childhood Division to participate in the Expo. I wil also be giving a lecture entitled Sensory…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on November 3, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Cute Stick Figure Explains Basics of Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory processing disorder can be confusing. Why would a child not like a food just because its hard, or why do they sit and swing for hours upon hours? This basic video about sensory processing disorder gives an introduction to answer some of these questions. Sometimes, it can be difficult to explain sensory issues to a teacher or family member. This is an informative start to any explanation about sensory issues.…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on November 2, 2010 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Children and Teens With ADHD and Depression

Parent of children with ADHD…

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Added by Lorna d'Entremont on November 2, 2010 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

John Robinson discusses dressing as overcoming a challenge.

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Added by John Robinson on November 1, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Your Room May Be A Whole New World

I just recently finished reading a best seller called "Room." This book is written through the eyes of a 5 year old boy who has spent the last 5 years (his entire life) in 1 room. Yes, just 1 small room with no windows. His world is is his room and his mother. The outside world is much like we would think of as "outer space". Once "outside" he has to learn to process all the different smells, sights, sounds and social norms that did not exist in "room". …

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Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on November 1, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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