Tag: "school therapy"

How to Help a Child with Anxiety in the Classroom

It is very common for young children to experience fears and sadness. However, when a child does not outgrow common fears or their worries start to interfere with school and daily life, they may be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Many children can often feel anxious about starting a new school, a new sports team, or participating in activities with other children. These children may experience symptoms of panic disorder, anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or have a phobia of a certain event or object.

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Fun Spring Activities for SLPs

The sun is starting to shine more, and kids are ready to have fun as we welcome spring. The winter is long and cold for many students across the country. This means they are often forced to stay indoors for speech and language sessions. Spring time allows a bit more flexibility on planning sessions which work on goals while moving things outdoors. Of course, springtime rain and chilly temperatures may force some time inside, so be sure to have some back-up plans.

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Shortage of Therapists

Schools across the country are having a hard time filling position for many school therapists. The most difficult to find applicants for are speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, and occupational therapists. Due to the demand, these therapists are often able to negotiate more when they sign a contract.

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The Need for School Based Therapy

Students across the country are experiencing an increase in mental health concerns. Those working in schools know that outside health concerns of a child impact their day to day academic learning. While the ideal situation may have been for children to head to a doctor or therapist outside of the school day, the reality is it can’t always happen. This is why many schools are leaning toward a school-based therapy approach. With guardian permission, kids are able to work with healthcare professionals to get needed therapy within the school day. Taking therapists out of their clinics and putting them into school makes it more affordable and convenient.

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Therapy Dogs Help Students in Some Surprising Ways

Therapy dogs have become very popular and there has been a dramatic increase in them over the years. In the past, therapy dogs were mainly used with patients in hospitals and seniors living in nursing homes. In recent years, they started to utilize the canines in schools to work with students in many different ways. Schools work with therapy dog specialists to come up with different ways that they may assist within your buildings. Below are some ways that they have been used around schools throughout the country.

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