Over the years we have worried about being politically correct when talking about people who are different. These may be students who have differences in academic ability, mental health, sexual identity, addiction, disabilities, and more. The reality is that adults who work in schools need to select words carefully. The language which we use impacts students more than we realize.
Posted on March 12th, 2018 by ProCare Therapy
Posted on March 5th, 2018 by ProCare Therapy
Imagine your body constantly bombarding you with messages. When this happens, you cannot concentrate on the tasks from your teacher. This is the reality for students of all ages in classrooms who have sensory processing issues. No matter what their formal diagnosis may be, many may have sensory concerns. Some students are overwhelmed with outside stimulation in their environment and may become hyperactive. Others may not react to things and seek out sensory input. In addition to this, some kids need sensory to push on with tasks. Every child is different, and it’s important for occupational therapists and special education teachers to work together to create a sensory diet to assist their needs.
Posted in: Special Education
Posted on February 26th, 2018 by ProCare Therapy
Stress can be overwhelming for adults - imagine how it feels for a teen student trying to find their way in the world. Teens today face a wide variety of items in their lives which adds stress to the mix. This includes things directly related to school like standardized testing, coursework, sports and club responsibilities, and decisions to make before graduating high school. In addition to this, many teens must work, don’t know where their next meal will be, have experienced trauma in their life, and much more.
Posted on February 19th, 2018 by ProCare Therapy
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. Practicing this from week to week makes it easier for the majority of kids.
Posted on February 12th, 2018 by ProCare Therapy
Peer pressure has always been there for individuals when they head into middle school and beyond. Preteens and teens are now experiencing something very different than generations before them. The world of social media is a reality which can add more extreme peer pressure into the mix. Thanks to this, everyone who works with teens needs to be cognizant of what is happening in their social media landscape. Together we need to monitor trends, challenges, and more.