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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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KINDER RTI At My Elementary School

As a speech pathologist working in an elementary school, don’t you feel like sometimes you can barely keep your head above water? Like some days you are literally “flying by the seat of your pants”, having had absolutely no time to prepare for students because you were busy writing IEP’s? And then you keep finding…

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Water activities for summer

We have all been waiting for it, but now that it is here, what will we do?  I am not talking about vacations or camps, I am talking about those lazy summer days when it’s too hot to do anything, but the kids need to have some fun!  My favorite activities with my kids is…

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What I wish I knew: Advice to College Grads, Part 2

Hi, again! Here is your “What I wish I knew: Advice to College Grads, Part 2”.  This blog will be focusing on your new job and what to keep in mind as you start your new job and school year.   Here’s some advice from one school psychologist to you: It takes 5 years. Just…

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Speech and Language: May Activities

It’s May and the end is in sight. The temperatures are growing hotter and you can feel summer’s presence right around the corner. The kids are antsy and you are frantically trying to close out the school year smoothly while keeping it together. This can sometimes be the best time of the year, and the…

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