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Category: Occupational Therapy

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

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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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Focus on Motor Skills with Students with Disabilities

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Participating in sports is a dream that many children have. Unfortunately, some children with disabilities are unable to get involved in some sports because of motor deficits. While early intervention and services will help many children, it does not fix everything for many children. Students of all ages may continue to receive physical and occupational therapy sessions within the school day. This time allows them to work on skills that are needed to help them be safe and do work within an academic day.

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Therapist Turnover a Growing Concern in Schools

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Schools across the country are faced with an increased number of students who require one or more forms of therapy within the academic day. Some students need someone to talk to because of stresses and life trauma. Other children may require assistance with fine or gross motor concerns and require the assistance of an occupational or physical therapist. A variety of speech and language concerns mean that kids of all ages may need to work with a speech language pathologist. All of these professionals are needed not only within a school district, but consistently within a building to work with individuals on a regular basis.

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