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What I Wish I Knew: Advice To College Grads, Part 1

May 9, 2018

Let me be first to say congratulations! You made it through the long study hours, the tests, the Praxis, the many graduate classes. You walked across the stage and now have your diploma in hand. Awesome! Now what? This blog will focus on finding a job. Here’s some advice from one school psychologist to you:…

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Children’s Mental Health

May 2, 2018

With so much negativity out in our world, especially with easy access to social media, it’s time to encourage children, young people and adults to celebrate their uniqueness and focus on the positive.  They get enough negative focused talk from home and school.  I’m not say there’s anything wrong with the different Anti-Bullying, Anti-Drugs, Anti-Alcohol,…

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Helping Our Teachers Understand

April 25, 2018

If you have been doing this for a while, I am sure you have felt like everything gets dumped at your doorstep with little or no understanding to what it is we do.   Most days I am met in the hallway being asked by a teacher to listen to a child with articulation errors and…

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Earth Day And You

April 18, 2018

Earth Day is one of the holidays that can be easily overlooked, especially in special education. So consider, what does Earth Day mean to you?  Is this just another day for you or do you focus on sharing the importance of our planet to your children and/or students? Now remember, children may not be able to…

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What’s That Sound? How Music Therapy Can Positively Impact Individuals

April 11, 2018

We all know that music can be tied to emotions.  Have you ever felt a ball of emotion bubble up when listening to a certain song?  Has your mood/entire day changed after you heard a tune on the radio?  We are all well aware of the music around us.  But did you know that music…

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Autism: Building Friendships

April 4, 2018

Most people find making new friends to be a bit challenging.  There’s feelings of anxiety about approaching others and trying to introduce yourself. There’s concern about how you will be accepted or perceived. Think back to the last time you made a new friend.  What was that like for you? Now imagine, if you will,…

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Spring Break Therapy Ideas

March 28, 2018

It’s almost here – the well-deserved spring break we all count down towards. Although we will certainly miss our students, the idea of unstructured time, no meetings, looming paperwork, and departmental requests are all behind us; we can finally bask in the relaxing time off, reflecting on our accomplishments and finishing the school year strong.…

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Occupational Therapy Month

March 21, 2018

Occupational Therapy Month is coming up in April. Occupational Therapy? What’s that? Aren’t you just a Physical Therapists’ assistant? Most people have no idea. Being a Speech Therapist myself I can empathize, but the longer I work with this amazing group of people, the more I admire their profession and what they do. They deserve…

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Thematic Units For Therapy: A Beginner’s Guide

March 14, 2018

Pinterest. Social media. Teachers Pay Teachers. Blogs. So many fantastic therapy ideas, so little time! As therapists, we have more resources available to us than ever before, but if you don’t have a plan to implement these activities you may end up feeling overwhelmed or scattered from month to month.  This has been my first…

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Spacey Speech Activity

March 9, 2018

3-2-1 Blastoff! Space is such an exciting topic where a lot of information, language, and vocabulary is used. I am here to give you a description of my session to save you some brainpower when planning! My space lesson covered space vocabulary, adjectives, prepositions, and WH questions. I started off the session with a Youtube…

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