February 23, 2018

Classroom Tips and Tricks

Classroom Compassion:  Bullying has emerged as a widespread problem in our country’s schools. Research indicates that students with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers, according to Julie Hertzog, director of the National Bullying Prevention Center of PACER, a parent center for families of children and young adults with disability that provides individual assistance, workshops and publications to help families make decisions.


Swings: Not Just for Recess: In the therapy world, each different treatment setting has some exclusive hallmarks associated with it. In the pediatric environment, the therapists are given the unique opportunity to let their imaginations run wild, making therapy fun and even exciting for a child to participate in.  These therapists need to have a variety of interventions that will engage children while simultaneously improving their function and mobility.


Ingredients for Success: Therapy Programs Assist Infants and Children With Feeding Disorders: Whether they’re munching Cheerios or chocolate chip cookies, eating is a common childhood pursuit. For everyone, child and adult alike, “Feeding is one of the most important and complex tasks for daily living,” said Pamela Modugno, OTR/L, Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation, Pomona, N.J. Yet due to physical and neurological issues beyond their control, the simple joys of eating are beyond the grasp of some children. Pediatric feeding programs guide parents in helping both picky eaters and problem feeders.

25 Ways to Increase Classroom Participation for Students Who Use AAC: Students using augmentative/alternative communication strategies (AAC) may need some additional help in the classroom when it comes to participation. Here is a list of 25 great tips that can help!
20 Ways to Use Boardmaker Studio Starter Templates with Preschoolers:  Here are some practical ideas for using Boardmaker Studio Starter Templates to create fun activities for young children – the perfect tool to support language, literacy and social skills development for your preschoolers.


Top 10 Items That Should Be Listed in an IEP:  We all know how important it is to have an IEP that addresses our child’s Academic, Developmental and Functional needs; to ensure they are appropriately prepared for an independent future.  Therefore, as parents, we have to make sure our child’s IEP includes the necessary information to prepare them for life after high school.  The results of your child’s most recent assessments, report cards, state tests, school personnel and parent input will assist the team in developing an appropriate IEP.


Communication and Tangible Symbols: In this world of ever-changing technology, it is easy to reach for the newest gadgets and think “With all this, communication will happen.” In reality, we can’t expect communication to be at the level we want for our clients if we don’t begin at their level. Learn about the seven levels of communication.


12 Essentials Every Classroom Must Have for Autism Success:  What is the communication “culture” in your school or your program or clinic?  How does the whole environment support individual students?