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Benefits of Therapy Dogs in Sessions

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Therapy dogs are quite popular these days in schools across the United States. While people may traditionally associate the canine helpers with visits to sick children or senior residents in nursing homes, therapy dogs are expanding their roles in many communities. Therapy dog specialists are able to work with schools to determine different ways they may be integrated into classrooms or sessions to assist children.

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Self-Care for Traumatized Therapists

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School therapists are in the news a lot in recent weeks and months. While this may seem like a good thing, a lot of it is due to finger-pointing. The blame game continues in the wake of school shootings and violence. Many people are looking and asking why school therapists did not see warning signs about students to prevent events that unfolded.

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New Technology on the Horizon for Deaf Students

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For students who have a hearing deficit or are deaf, things can be more challenging for them in a mainstream classroom. We often take simple things for granted. What happens if they are unable to read lips and the substitute teacher for the day does not know sign language? While writing may be a solution for older students, it won’t always work with younger children. This situation could happen any given day or at events outside of the normal school day. These students have rights and it is our responsibility to make sure they are able to communicate with others.

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Promoting Alternative Wellness Options in Schools

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It is no secret that times have changed a lot over the last decade or so. Within school communities, there is a shift in working on the wellness for all those who are within buildings. This is not simply making school meals healthier and ensuring that physical activity is included daily. The reality is that everyone in schools is more stressed. Students are faced with many different factors in their lives that may add stress to the school day. Adults working in the world of education have more responsibilities and must meet the needs of children in their classrooms.  This means that many schools are incorporating alternative wellness activities that work calming people and self-reflection.

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Self-Advocacy for Special Needs Students

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Throughout their academic lives, special needs students will have individuals who are advocates for them. This may include teachers, administrators, therapists, counselors, and family members. They often work together at meetings to discuss what plan will be best for the upcoming school year. It is important to allow students to become a self-advocate. This may look different for each student, but it needs to happen. School counselors, special education teachers, and other trusted individuals must help students to work on these skills as they mature.

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