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Fall Classroom Activities: Motor Edition

Fall is my favorite time of year – the weather starts to cool off, the leaves begin to change colors, and October is National Physical Therapy Month!  So for this month’s activities for the classroom, we are going to talk about simple motor activities to help students and teachers take a moving break! One of…

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Time Management as a School Therapist

If you are blessed to be a part of molding the minds of tomorrow by working in a school system, you will be juggling multiple responsibilities, for multiple children, with multiple disorders. The most important thing I can tell you is to budget your energy.   I told this to a friend the other day…

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New to school? – Tips for your first day as a SLP

We all have some memories of our first day at school as a student, but do we remember our first day and the first assignment as a SLP at a new school? Where to start: Nervous? Yes. Excited? Definitely more than fearful. Rusty? Maybe. First, be an early bird to get the favorable parking spot…

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The Stepping Stones Group Celebrates in Service – International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of…

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The complexity approach for articulation

Complexity Approach Sonority distance is the difference in loudness from the first sound to the second in a cluster of two adjacent consonants. It has long been established that there’s an implicational relationship between an ability to produce clusters with small sonority distances and being able to produce clusters with large sonority distances. This means…

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National School Backpack Awareness Day: September 26, 2018

What is National School Backpack Awareness Day you ask? Who is involved? The American Occupational Therapy Association’s National School Backpack Awareness Day is when multiple resources (Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Teachers, etc.) across the county help others to “Live Life To Its Fullest” by avoiding the pain or injury that comes with carrying heavy backpack…

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How to Stay Organized During the School Year

Back to school is always the best time to get organized, but how can we make that last throughout the school year? Check out these tips and ideas! Data Collection I have personally tried several data collection methods, and I struggled in the past to find one that worked for me consistently, which lead to…

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Starting School With A Kind Heart

My grandma used to say, “Boredom is a choice. So, if you don’t know what to do one day, help someone.” The beginning of a school year is often consumed with activities centered around getting organized, becoming familiar with your district, your students and navigating the “organized chaos” of schedules. It is also a great…

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Tips for back to school

Along with new smiling faces, a new school year brings our special education teams new co-teaching arrangements, new assessments to give, and more. In order to help you be as effective as you can with your new students, we’ve put together a list of back-to-school tips that we hope will make managing your caseload a…

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One of the best APPs for Social/Pragmatic Language

When you talk to someone, are you aware of their facial expression? Do you pay attention to their body language and/or try to empathize with the person to understand his or her perspective? Unfortunately, school age students and adults with autism spectrum disorder have difficulty understanding the subtle expressions and slang that we normally take…

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