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MASKS AND HANDWASHING DURING COVID-19 – MAKE IT FUN!

MASKS AND HANDWASHING DURING COVID-19 – MAKE IT FUN!

Masks can be fun.  They really can!  Some students may, deep down, really like being given permission to have a face just like everybody else's.  Wearing a mask can help some children blend in.  Blending in can be very stress relieving. Lower...

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How To Help Your Child Understand Germs During COVID-19

How To Help Your Child Understand Germs During COVID-19

"Is the germ bigger or smaller?"  Alex asked her mom.  The consequences of which would determine whether or not she could play with her friends.  A bigger germ meant no and a smaller germ meant yes. When COVID-19 numbers increase in Alex's community,...

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In Honor Of Our Hybrid Future Of Education

In Honor Of Our Hybrid Future Of Education

Intelligent people like ourselves once believed the earth was flat.  We also once held a belief that the earth was the center of the universe.  Scary to embrace change, society at that time punished and disliked forward thinkers. Today’s global pandemic is...

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What You Might Not Know About Love…

What You Might Not Know About Love…

Have you ever stopped to consider that the heart is the brain behind the brain? When the heart is functioning optimally, a cascade of chemicals, peptides, and hormones are released that facilitate brain functioning. When a child is happy, when their heart is engaged,...

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The Kindness Of Nature

The Kindness Of Nature

Look around you in your everyday world. Nature is both beautiful and kind. Your child will be the first one to hold your hand and walk you over to some interesting thing in nature, perhaps some bug on the sidewalk. My daughter loved ‘rolly-pollies’. I think they were...

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How To Help Your Child Improve This Summer

How To Help Your Child Improve This Summer

With the summer upon us and new life styles put into perspective due to COVID-19 and resolution for self‑improvement in hand, ask any parent or teacher and their goal is to “do better”. Parents and educators both ask, “What's going on with our children?” and “What...

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The Impatient Child – Halfway Done Day

The Impatient Child – Halfway Done Day

Children with learning disabilities can seem very impatient at times. When so much is beyond their control, particularly lately, our children may seem to “dig in” at the most inconvenient of times. Children are asserting their will, where they can. For this reason,...

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Thoughtful Education During The Time Of COVID-19

Thoughtful Education During The Time Of COVID-19

Being at home is often a place of relief for exhausted teachers. We OTs sometimes worry that your stress levels make it hard to let go of at-work pressures. As school OTs, we see how hard teachers work to make a difference in the lives of their students. Now with...

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The Truth About Printing

The Truth About Printing

Printing is one of those things that parents and teachers tend to put into the "just try harder" category. The thought is that more practice is needed. However, most unique learners who are struggling with printing have a physiological reason for their messy printing....

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Boredom And Helping Your Child With Learning Disabilities

Boredom And Helping Your Child With Learning Disabilities

Boredom comes in many forms. Sometimes children with learning disabilities are bored because they have “nothing to do”. Other times, children with learning disabilities are bored because they aren’t engaged in the activity that they are expected to participate in. But...

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Self-Esteem For Children With Learning Disabilities

Self-Esteem For Children With Learning Disabilities

Many unique learners experience a sense of shame because they aren’t like others. They think that because they struggle academically, they must not be as smart as their peers. Their self-concept is skewed by this inaccurate self-assessment. The truth is, unique...

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Learning Disabilities And The Importance Of Play

Learning Disabilities And The Importance Of Play

When the teacher says put your pencil at the top of the page, some students may not know what "the top" means.  They can't follow the teacher’s instruction when they don't know up, down, left, and right. These children have a learning disability caused by a...

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What Causes A Learning Disability?

What Causes A Learning Disability?

A learning disability can be caused by hereditary and by environmental factors. You can be born with a learning disability because a close relative also had the same problem. Learning disabilities can originate from the genes that you inherit and they can be passed on...

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How Do You Help Students With Dysgraphia?

How Do You Help Students With Dysgraphia?

Difficulties with writing neatly relates with a student’s self-esteem. Continually producing work that looks messy compared to the beautiful penmanship of other 5th grade students, can be humiliating. Behavior issues can arise. In the classroom these students can be...

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The Brain Power Of Love In Learning

The Brain Power Of Love In Learning

Did you know that the heart helps the brain think? The brain works better when the heart is eased, when the heart is engaged. When the heart is engaged, things matter more. In this way, the brain and the heart work together. When the heart is functioning optimally, a...

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An Occupational Therapy Program

An Occupational Therapy Program

Kendall showed a little different tempo of learning than many of her peers.  Sometimes it seemed that the world was  at the wrong speed: either too fast or too slow.  Often, Kendall was  working too quickly and too slowly in one writing...

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What Made December So Hard?

What Made December So Hard?

Trying to understand the unique needs of your child with a learning disability is hard to do. Communication becomes worse with fatigue and stress. Don’t judge yourself weeks later. Recognize that you were doing the best you could do at the time. That’s a lot,...

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How To Help A Child With Dyslexia At Home

How To Help A Child With Dyslexia At Home

Can your child with dyslexia improve his or her reading skills? Yes! In fact, it is easier, and more fun, than you think. You can improve your child's reading readiness in ways that feel like play. Let's start with a better understanding of reading readiness. It isn't...

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