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Theater Therapy for Special Needs Students

School can be difficult for many children, especially as they enter middle and high school age. Add in the fact that a child may have special needs, and it can make it even harder for them to fit in with their classmates. Socializing with peers is not easy for many kids who have social anxiety, autism, another medical diagnosis, or are out of the classroom for multiple therapy sessions during the school week. While traditional therapy may be beneficial for them, many children will gain skills through theater therapy.

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Preventing Student Athlete Concussions and More

Gone are the days when student athletes would be allowed to get back on the field and play with an injury. Of course, injuries are not always obvious. When a student breaks their leg or cuts their arm, they may walk different and you might see blood from a wound. The problem remains with head injuries that you may not be aware of. Student athletes are susceptible to concussions and more. In the past, coaches and school nurses may have allowed a child to get back on the field to finish the game after an injury. These days, the protocol is a lot different. All schools have specific ways that they check for concussions. The awareness and treatment of potential head injuries is due to a proactive approach across the country.

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The Importance of Back-to-School Eye Exams

When a child steps back into the classroom to start a new academic year, it is important that they are ready to begin. Families make sure that students have their supplies, new clothing, gym shoes, and papers filled out for the first days. What many may not be thinking about is whether or not their child's vision has changed over the summer break. It is common over this period of time for children to grow. When this happens, it may or may not alter their vision. Some children may need glasses for the first time, while others may require a change in their prescriptive lenses.

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Teaching Backpack Safety to Students

A must-have supply for kids as they head back to school is a backpack. This bag is the key to students getting all of their supplies and homework to and from school. One problem these days is that kids are not following backpack safety, and many are getting hurt. The school nurse and physical therapist need to help and educate everyone within schools on proper backpack wearing. This will help to ensure that there are less injuries and visits to the health office. If children are in pain from their backpack, then they will miss instruction or have trouble concentrating.

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Using Foam Rollers with Students

Physical therapy is part of the school day for many students. Older children may require it because of injuries that happened while playing sports on school teams. Many physical therapists are looking at a popular new piece of equipment to use with their students. What is this? It’s called a foam roller or "froller." Foam rollers are often used in rehabilitation and exercise routines. The reason they work well is because they may be used for a variety of different treatments and have positive effects on many ailments. In addition to this, foam rollers are cost effective. Since they are reasonably priced, they work well with budgets. They are also easy to use and most patients are welcoming to them.

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