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The Impact of Medicaid Cuts on Special Education

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Budget cuts are nothing new for school districts across the country. Each year, most schools are forced to do more with less money. The biggest problem with this is that there is less money for many of the students who need it the most. Special education numbers across the country are going up. Now, a new factor may hurt children with special needs more than many understand.

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Therapy Dogs Help Students in Some Surprising Ways

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Therapy dogs have become very popular and there has been a dramatic increase in them over the years. In the past, therapy dogs were mainly used with patients in hospitals and seniors living in nursing homes. In recent years, they started to utilize the canines in schools to work with students in many different ways. Schools work with therapy dog specialists to come up with different ways that they may assist within your buildings. Below are some ways that they have been used around schools throughout the country.

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Working on Words While Moving

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During the winter months or rainy days, it can be easy to get stuck preparing lessons that have everyone sitting down. Take time to get moving and integrate some gross motor activities with a speech and language focus. Allowing kids to be active will get them actively engaged in the activity and help with motivation during the long and cold winter months.

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Welcoming All Students to Therapy

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Imagine going to a group therapy session at school and feeling alone. This may be the way that some students perceive their participation in the group. Why? For some, it may be that they are ethnically unique. Others may be from another country and not comfortable speaking English. Some other students may have a different gender identity or have special needs. Any, all, or other factors could make a tween or teen feel out of place when they are asked to participate in a group therapy session.

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Therapist Turnover a Growing Concern in Schools

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Schools across the country are faced with an increased number of students who require one or more forms of therapy within the academic day. Some students need someone to talk to because of stresses and life trauma. Other children may require assistance with fine or gross motor concerns and require the assistance of an occupational or physical therapist. A variety of speech and language concerns mean that kids of all ages may need to work with a speech language pathologist. All of these professionals are needed not only within a school district, but consistently within a building to work with individuals on a regular basis.

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