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Conference and Continuing Education Opportunities for 2017

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Schedules for the 2017 professional conferences have been released. The timing is great, since this is usually when budget requests are due to schools and districts. This is the time of year when the administrators will be working on their 2017-2018 budgets. Many schools offer teachers and therapists money toward financing trips to these conferences if they submit specific forms ahead of time. Check with your district to see what the protocol is so you do not miss out if it is an option. If they are not available, your school might have a grant writer who could help and find grants for this type of professional development trip.

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Learning How to Assist Autistic Students in Overload

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Chances are that you know a student who is on the autism spectrum. Each individual with autism is very different, and this fact is very important. It truly takes time for school professionals to understand how each autistic student works in the classroom and responds to overload. This is a crucial area to understand because when an individual with autism is in overload, they often may not know how to help themselves. Sometimes this may cause them to have a meltdown, become aggressive, and even turn to self-injury.

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3D Technology Helps to Teach Blind Students

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Students who are blind or visually impaired learn to maneuver through academic life in different ways. There are many technology devices that can help them with reading and writing. These items assist them so they can become independent readers and writers. What has been a problematic area in the past for these students is something that needs to be more visual. How do you take abstract ideas that are visual and make them connect to blind and visually impaired students?

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Increase Your Marketability as a School-Based Occupational Therapist

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Overall, the employment outlook for occupational therapists is very positive. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is expected to grow by about 43% over the next eight years. Nursing homes, hospitals, and occupational therapy offices employ the majority of therapists. But some occupational therapists also work in schools. Working as a school-based OT can be an interesting and rewarding setting to pursue your career. If you want to work in a school setting, competition for jobs may be a bit tougher. Jobs as a school-based occupational therapist are often sought after. The good news is there are things you can do to increase your marketability and improve your chances of landing your dream job.

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Preparing for Back to School Speech Therapy

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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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