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Category: Occupational Therapy

Best Cities for Occupational Therapists

Best Cities Occupational Therapists Map

The benefits of Occupational Therapy continue to be recognized across the USA, especially in schools. Occupational Therapists are important in allowing people to make the best use of their bodies, overcome challenges and recover from injury. We’ve been looking at all the factors that make a city a good place to live for someone looking for an Occupational Therapist job and have put together a list of the best locations.

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Utilizing Sensory Therapy in Schools

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If you walk into any classroom, chances are you will see at least several students struggling with one thing. Why are they having difficulties? Many are unable to focus on their work and sit still in their seats. While many may rush to judge and say that they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), it may be something else. There are newer therapies which can be used with students who struggle in this area.

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Helping Students with Sensory Issues in School

Imagine sitting in a classroom where you are constantly bombarded with stimuli that others may not even notice. This is the reality for children who have sensory processing challenges. Things which may distract them include the buzzing of overhead lighting, other children talking, pencils scratching on another child’s paper, and a variety of other typical classroom sounds. Some students may seek additional sensory to help them cope with stimuli. Others want to avoid it because it bothers them too much and they do not know how to regulate it. A child’s brain learns how to process different sensory stimuli to keep their system in check. Some children are unable to tune out the background and unneeded information. These kids make up anywhere up to 20% of the population. For those on the autism spectrum, 90% struggle with it in one way or another.

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The Importance of Fidgets for Kids in School

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The popularity of fidget spinners and fidget cubes has helped many Americans to understand the importance of fidgets. The problem right now is that many schools have had to ban the spinners because kids are bringing them in, trading them, and causing distractions during the academic day. Schools with bans have noted that they must do this because they are being used at inappropriate times and causing safety concerns. The reality is that if these gadgets are used properly within the classroom, many students with different needs would benefit.

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Integrating Occupational Therapy in Classrooms

occupational therapy in classroom

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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