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November 2011 Blog Posts (9)

Don't Let Your Kids W Sit!

Criss-cross applesauce! If your a teacher, therapist, or mom, you might find yourself saying this all day long. Kids rarely sit in any one position for an extended period of time. Kids learn through movement and many need some type of feedback in their bodies in order to focus to learn. Some children even work best when…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on November 30, 2011 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Getting Therapy IN the Classroom

Are you searching for ideas to boost children's intervention in the classroom? One-on-one therapy can be easy when it's focused on one area. With response to intervention at the forefront of education, we are seeing therapy in the classroom more and more. We see that every child can benefit from therapy in the classroom, giving each child the best opportunity to succeed. A large part of successful therapy in the classroom…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on November 22, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Gifting Grandparents: Give Toys That Help Kids Grow Skills

Play is the "work" of children. Are you the parent or grandparent of a child with special needs? Do you wonder if the gift you're giving will become that child's favorite? Luckily, many of the toys you grew up with are classic skill-builders and…


Added by Sue Wilkinson on November 22, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Give the Gift of Fun!

Want to put the "fun" in functional this holiday season? Watch your child or student light up when they see the SpaceSAVER Bouncer and Climber! They'll love the amazing bounce factor while you marvel…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on November 21, 2011 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Toys for the Holiday Season That Are Also Great Tools

This is the time of year when we love to give and receive. Whether it's volunteering at your child's school, writing your child's teacher a thank you note for all the hard work they do or giving that special gift to your child,…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on November 16, 2011 at 12:30pm — 10 Comments

Tips to help encourage a child's language to blossom.

I work in a preschool autism class. There are nine adorable youngsters in the moderate to severe range and luckily, a teacher and four aides. If you're reading this and work in an elementary, middle or high school, then working in a classroom is going to have a completely different focus for you but I posted some…


Added by Rosie Simms on November 14, 2011 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Smart Technology for Babies and Toddlers?

We have certainly praised the revolution of technology as a step towards universal design and helping many children with special needs. But is there an evolution of changes in development going on with all children?  Check out this report of a recent study done which states that up to 40% of 2-4 year olds and even 10% of babies under age one have used some type of smart phone or tablet already.  Great for building cognitive…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on November 10, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Family Air-Travel Tips for the Holiday Season

Imagine you're six months pregnant, have three kids (ages five, three and one) and a double stroller. You're checking in at the airport, going through security, boarding a plane, finding seats, taking off, occupying three kids with food/games and making bathroom trips during the flight, going through the de-plane, retrieving the stroller, walking through the terminal and renting a car -  ALL BY YOURSELF. When I read the previous sentence, I can't believe I actually did that.…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on November 8, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

S'cool Moves

Presented yesterday to the OT's and PT's in our deptartment on the new Power Up program from S'cool Moves.  Day long professional development day for the schools.      New neuro-sensory based learning stategies presented for both teachers and therapists.  Good feedback.  District training coming up at end of Novmember 11. 

Added by Marcia Hickey on November 8, 2011 at 8:09am — 5 Comments

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