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Cecilia Cruse
  • Female
  • Longwood, FL
  • United States

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With increasing class sizes, some as many as 30-40 students, are there space saver tips for room design?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sue Wilkinson Aug 2, 2010. 1 Reply

These Study-Rite Carrels are great when spatial boundary issues are a problem for a student and/or are perfect privacy and testing concerns.   They  breakdown easily for convenient folding and…Continue

Tags: organization', design', 'classroom


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This is why I am passionate about special needs.
I do what I love and I love what I do! has been my moto for many years now both as and OT and as the Education Director for School Specialty Special Needs. I presently serve as a liaison and support to our customer service and sales teams to empower them to assist with parents, therapist, teachers, students or anyone who may call or write in with product quesitons, feedback or need help in choosing the right equipment. As a pediatric OT with over 25 years experience as well as a Master's in Education, I continue to spread my mission through this liaison, as well as lecturing nationwide on sensory integration and school based practice
My Role
Occupational Therapist
Place of Work
School Specialty/Abilitations
Website Address
Skills: these are areas where I have expertise and might be able to help others.
Needs: these are areas where I have questions and will be looking to learn from others.
The most valuable piece of advice I would offer to others regarding special needs.
Be creative! Think outside the box. Many great solutions have come from great questions just like yours!
What I hope to gain from My Special Needs Network
Networking, opporutnity to hear from other therapists, parents and teachers on what works for them and their special needs children

Cecilia Cruse's Blog

10 Ways to Improve Focus & Attention in the Classroom

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 8:30am 0 Comments

Just in time for back to school check out these great tips on how using sensory strategies may help with attention and focus:

  1. Allow opportunities for movement! Many students today do not get enough vestibular (movement) input in their daily life due to decreases in physical education, recess and free time play.  Swings, trampolines, bicycles are all great tools, but during the day even small tasks such as taking a note to the front office or getting up to feed the fish in the…

Preparing Your Classroom: A Few Things Your Student with Special Needs Wishes You Knew!

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments

1. Fluorescent lights bother me!  It seems like they are blinking and/or buzzing and they make for extra glare on my paper.  If you have a classroom with access to natural daylight (windows or skylights) please consider turning off the overhead lights at different intervals during the day. If this is not an option then try these cool light covers called Cozy Shades.  My sensory system…


5 Fun Activities to Soak Up Summer!

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Check out these fun ideas to beat the heat AND work on fine motor skills!

  1. Squirt Gun Painting. Fill your favorite squirt gun with liquid watercolors, use an easel or secure a piece of…

Summer Social Skills

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 9:00am 0 Comments

School’s out for summer!....but so is the structured routine that many children with special needs so often need.  The daily school tasks also provide the opportunity to practice social skills in context.  But don’t despair, to keep the momentum going over summer here are a few great tips to keep kids connecting:

  1.  Encourage eye contact:  Vestibular (movement) input is a great way to also help support the visual system.  Have your child swing and encourage him/her to look at you…

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At 12:47pm on November 1, 2010, John Robinson said…
Thank you Cecelia. check out
I am trying to put together a group of individuals willing to speak to students across the country on overcoming physical challenges. Thank you very much for your kind words and recognition of what I'm putting together. All the best!
At 1:22pm on October 7, 2010, Gina Costanzo said…
Thanks for the warm welcome! Today I canned applesauce in between job hunting. Man, the market it tight here. Everyone has got to eat right? After school we are going skating, the arena is free on Thursdays. Sam is doing great at school and is making friends. We are hosting a halloween party that I am going to do 'nut free' since 3 of his friends are peanut allergic also. I know the parents hate sending them to parties worrying about what they will get into. He wants to be a Zombie. Oh my.

How was the MultiSensory Symposium? Interesting I bet! The photo is very cool. Take care! bye-G
At 8:29pm on July 1, 2010, Bright Solutions said…
Hi Cecilia - Thanks for joining the Special Needs Network. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for improvement as we officially launch. We look forward to your ongoing active participation.

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