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Surf’s Up? Thinking Outside of the Box with Therapy

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Schools across the country are seeing an increase of students that require different types of therapy needs. Some of these may be due to special needs, but often times it is for mental, social, and developmental reasons. Sometimes traditional therapy with a school psychologist may be beneficial. However, not all children are willing to open up. In addition to this, some many not simply need to talk things over in their life. They may actually need a form of therapy that is abstract and personalized to them to decrease their anxiety, depression, or stress levels.

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Additional Help for Students with Knee Injuries

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Knee injuries are quite common among students in schools. Many of these happen while participating in sports like soccer, football, track, wrestling, and others. While these injuries may happen on the field, the impact continues throughout the day. If a student is in pain, has limited mobility, or is unable to participate in physical education classes with their peers, it can weigh on their lives. Twisting a knee during an activity can change their life in ways that they may not understand. It is important to be open to listening to these teens and hearing how an injury has altered their life. Help them get any frustrations about the injury out.

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Art Therapy as a Tool to Complement Traditional Therapies

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People all over the world have been utilizing the arts to assist individuals who are experiencing problems in their life. Between experiencing tragedy or anxiety debilitating them, art therapy may help. Art therapy may include painting, sculpture, or other options using a wide selection of art media. While there is little data available to back up what therapists have seen, creative expression can be powerful to those in need of healing. Even without the statistics to prove the relationship with mental health help, many schools and communities are embracing art therapy.

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Integrating Occupational Therapy in Classrooms

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Step into any early elementary classroom, and you will likely see children who would benefit from occupational therapy. Most of them would not likely qualify for the service, but many could use it within their day. The problem in many districts is that students who technically do not qualify for services now may later require even more intense therapy. Fine motor skills that may seem slightly delayed could eventually snowball. Once a child is older, it is may take more time to work on skills to do them properly. In addition to this, it is difficult to pull an older child out of class for an occupational therapy session.

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Working on Words While Moving

hopscotch moving therapy game

During the winter months or rainy days, it can be easy to get stuck preparing lessons that have everyone sitting down. Take time to get moving and integrate some gross motor activities with a speech and language focus. Allowing kids to be active will get them actively engaged in the activity and help with motivation during the long and cold winter months.

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