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Category: Therapy Methods

A discussion on the different types of therapy and how they may help a variety of students.

Benefits of Therapy Dogs in Sessions

therapy dog

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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Utilizing Sensory Therapy in Schools

sensory therapy

If you walk into any classroom, chances are you will see at least several students struggling with one thing. Why are they having difficulties? Many are unable to focus on their work and sit still in their seats. While many may rush to judge and say that they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), it may be something else. There are newer therapies which can be used with students who struggle in this area.

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Allergy Therapy for Students

kids allergies

Schools across the country are seeing an increase in students who have life-threatening allergies. This means that school nurses and other educational professionals must be aware of which allergies kids in their classes have on any given day. Often, schools have a no-food policy in the classroom to combat food sensitivities. In addition to this, many school cafeterias have a peanut-free and tree nut-free table area.

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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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