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.
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 19th, 2018 by ProCare Therapy
The tragic events at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have left much of the country stunned. While adults have been shocked and unsure of what to do, students there have stepped up. They have shown resilience in an event which they will never forget. Rather than simply mourning the loss of 17 members of the school community, they have been raising their voices.
Posted on November 6th, 2017 by ProCare Therapy
The teenage years are often a challenging time for students. Teens are trying to find their own way in the world. They are gaining independence and determining what they may want to do with life. At the same time, they are put into social situations where many may be pushed to the side and left out. This is what happens to a lot of special needs teens. Special needs teens have the same friendship desires as their peers. The problem for some is they may not be able to go to social venues like regular physical education class, sporting events, and more. To assist with this some schools are turning to buddy programs.