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Playgrounds as Therapy Spaces

playground therapy

Playgrounds are often thought of as a space for kids to play and get energy out. The reality for school therapists and teachers is they can provide an outdoor therapy space and classroom. In addition to this, playgrounds are areas that students feel safe in because they are associated with fun. This helps to lower student anxiety and resistance to talking, working on skills, and more. When weather permits, school counselors, therapists, and special education teachers are working in time on playgrounds to incorporate therapy sessions and lesson plans.

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Dancing for Student Well-Being

dance therapy

When you walk into most classrooms, you see children sitting at desks. While these may be in rows or grouped together, the kids are always sitting for long periods of time. This typically begins in elementary school and continues into high school and beyond. Child development specialists know that play, movement, laughter, and fun are needed for social and emotional well-being. The problem is that there is little time in the school day for kids to do this. Much of the focus is on the academic day, and this can be detrimental to many children.

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Additional Help for Students with Knee Injuries

knee injuries

Knee injuries are quite common among students in schools. Many of these happen while participating in sports like soccer, football, track, wrestling, and others. While these injuries may happen on the field, the impact continues throughout the day. If a student is in pain, has limited mobility, or is unable to participate in physical education classes with their peers, it can weigh on their lives. Twisting a knee during an activity can change their life in ways that they may not understand. It is important to be open to listening to these teens and hearing how an injury has altered their life. Help them get any frustrations about the injury out.

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Focus on Motor Skills with Students with Disabilities

motor skills students disabilities

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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Physical Therapy May Help Constipation Concerns in Children

constipation in children

We often forget about other factors that may come into play in the academic environment. Early on, preschool teachers watch as young children begin and progress with toilet training. This milestone is a difficult process for many children. While some kids pick up going to the bathroom easily, others struggle with it for multiple reasons. Defecating, in particular, can cause many young children to stress because they don't feel comfortable on adult toilets. Other children are sensitive to public restrooms, which include those in a school setting. Thanks to this, they may avoid going to the bathroom altogether. After some time, what is known as functional constipation becomes an issue for some of these kids.

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