ProCare Therapy Blog - School Therapy Staffing and Jobs

The Importance of Social Workers in Schools

If you ask someone what a social worker's job is within a school, they may not be able to fully answer the question. The fact is that the role of the school social worker has changed drastically in the last decade or two, In the past, there may have been a shared social worker that went to a variety of schools within a district. Now, more schools see the need to have their own dedicated social worker on hand for the entire school day. In some areas, one social worker is not enough for the student population and they may need to hire additional contracted clinicians.

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Swings for Occupational Therapy

The occupational therapy needs of students have changed over the years. In the past, schools had occupational therapists work mostly on fine motor skills. Young students would focus on pincer grasp with their writing utensils. Occupational therapy sessions would also work on how to cut with scissors and proper formation of their letters. These skills continue to be done, but there is a lot more happening in sessions along with the more traditional work. The increasing number of children with sensory processing concerns have meant that school districts have to address this and assist the children to be more successful in their academic lives. Occupational therapists now work with students that have sensory integration needs and more.

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Utilizing Pokemon Go in Therapy

Kids of all ages are talking about Pokemon Go. This is the perfect time to use this popular app within therapy sessions. Sometimes it helps to bring in things that students like to sessions to motivate them in different ways. While Pokemon may not be something that individual kids like, the adventure and excitement surrounding the game keeps them focused and engaged in the process. Here are some ways to work in the use of Pokemon Go in occupation, physical, and speech therapy.

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Preparing for Back to School Speech Therapy

Ready or not, it's time to get ready to go back to school in many parts of the United States. This means that now is the time to make sure that all of your plans and resources for the upcoming school year are set for when you officially begin. Although many may work with students over the summer, August or September will be a fresh start for a new school year. IEP goals will be updated, so it's important to have yourself ready for a smooth transition.

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Using Virtual Reality in Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is not for the faint of heart, but it is a fact of life for many students. Some kids need physical therapy to work on low muscle tone. A young child may need it to learn how to safely walk up and down a staircase. Young athletes may be in physical therapy sessions to strengthen an injury from sports. Other kids may have a developmental disability that will require them to continue with physical therapy throughout their life. Whatever the reason a child may be in physical therapy, it can be intense and grueling.

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