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Cognitive Flexibility Game

What is Cognitive Flexibility?

Working with children can be a challenge. There may be times within the school day when students need to transition, whether physically or from one task to another. When it is time to transition to a writing lesson after recess, many kids may be upset with the disruption. Of course, most children will be able to make the move back into the classroom and get to their writing, but some children will still struggle with the transition. Practicing this from week to week makes it easier for the majority of kids. When you practice this with your students you are improving their cognitive flexibility.

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Increasing Need for Sign Language Interpreters

Imagine being in a classroom where you are unable to hear what people are saying. In addition to this, you cannot communicate what you want to say to others. This reality happens to children who are deaf or hearing-impaired who have been integrated into traditional schools. School districts may have sign language interpreters who they hire for some events, but they are not always part of the school community. Part of the reason this happens is the shortage of sign language interpreters. This leaves a wide gap between the supply and demand in many settings, including schools.

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Maintaining Progress with Speech Therapy Exercises

Winter and summer breaks are an excellent way to prevent both students and school professionals from being worn out. However, it is also important for students to stay consistent with not only their school work, but also any therapy they are doing during typical school hours. Progress can be lost both academically and socially during extended breaks if a student doesn’t practice what they have been taught in class and therapy.

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Integrating Speech Teletherapy in Schools

Many schools are having trouble finding enough speech-language pathologists to work with their students. The increased demand for these professionals is not only within schools but also to work with other populations. Many SLP candidates are opting to work with adults, such as those who have had strokes and veterans who may have had injuries that resulted in the loss of speech. One major factor for the increase demand is the increase in the number of children that require assistance with speech therapy.

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Benefits of Speech Therapy for Children

School-based therapy can cover a wide range of services from psychologists, school nurses, speech-language pathologists, special education teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, sign language interpreters, and more. The goal of the school district is to create a comprehensive team of professionals who can come together to create the best learning environment for students with developmental disabilities. For example, special education teachers can help teach students who are unable to attend mainstream classes with their peers. Speech-language pathologists can help these students learn the communication skills they need to make themselves heard. Occupational and physical therapists can help them with any physical challenges they need to overcome.

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