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.
Posted on April 23rd, 2018 by ProCare Therapy
Posted on April 16th, 2018 by ProCare Therapy
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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Posted on April 9th, 2018 by ProCare Therapy
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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Posted on April 2nd, 2018 by ProCare Therapy
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.
Posted on March 26th, 2018 by ProCare Therapy
Schools have a wide spectrum of students who are served under the Special Education umbrella. Many times, we assume that this only includes children who have academic needs because they are falling behind in the classroom. The reality is that kids qualify for 504 Plans and Individual Education Plans needs based on academic, social, and emotional needs. It is not simply due to academic concerns.