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October 24, 2014 1:43 PM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I can't believe how quickly time is flying by. I know when I was younger my parents would comment on how time seems to go faster when you are older but couldn't understand how that could happen. Now, as an adult working full time, going to school full Read More...
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Class Registration
September 8, 2014 11:21 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Last week got away from me before I knew it. I'm not sure if it was because it had a Monday holiday in it or if it was because it was an exceptionally busy work week combined with my second research paper being due for my summer college English course. Read More...
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Loan Forgiveness
July 18, 2014 9:26 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
As many of you may already know I have decided to return to school and earn my Master's degree. Next Tuesday is my first class. It will be an English class on writing. I'm actually very excited about it. I love to learn and the fact that my first class Read More...
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Love to Learn
June 13, 2014 2:16 PM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I love going to workshops and seminars and picking up strategies that I can use in my daily work life. I also love to learn about different diagnosis and why their symptoms present in certain ways and what, if anything, can be done to help individuals Read More...
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Back to School
May 27, 2014 9:38 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
As some of you may recall back in my January 24 blog I was wondering if I should pursue my Master's Degree in O.T. After a good deal of weighing the pros and cons I have decided to go for it. I signed up for my summer class yesterday which will start Read More...
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Life Update
March 28, 2014 9:00 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I know last week I had mentioned that I would be sharing with you some tips I learned at the feeding seminar I attended a couple weekends ago but I'm afraid I will have to share those at the beginning of next week with you. One of the hazards of working Read More...
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Feeding Intervention Strategies
March 21, 2014 10:36 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I attended a workshop this past weekend on feeding intervention strategies for infants with special needs. It was offered by our local state education resource center. The person who was giving the talk was a SLP who has been working with children and Read More...
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Dyslexia is Not a Gift
January 31, 2014 10:55 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I've always said that if I was going to write a book about my son's struggles with Dyslexia it would be titled "Dyslexia is not a gift." I know that the belief behind dyslexia being a "gift" is that it allows those individuals who have it to look at the Read More...
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Teachers Are My Heroes!
April 5, 2013 9:16 AM by Cecilia Cruse
This week I am in lovely San Antonio, TX for the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) conference. Around 3,500+ special education teachers and administers as well as related support service professionals are in attendance for this annual event. Common Read More...
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Is Kindergarten the New 1st Grade?
February 19, 2013 1:33 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Last week I presented at another conference for early childhood educators. Entitled 10 Terrific Tips for DAP Fine Motor Skills the workshop covered important sensory and motor components needed for developing good hand skills. (See my blog from last spring Read More...
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Sensory Strategies for At Risk Youth
January 24, 2013 12:50 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I recently had a conversation with a special education coordinator who oversees a large district. Part of her job duties include working with at risk students that have been removed from their home school and placed in a disciplinary education center. Read More...
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Sequestration: A Political No Win for Our Kids with Special Needs
September 4, 2012 3:05 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I have to admit, that even a few months ago the word sequestration was not even in my vocabulary. Now it seems, with politics getting more acrimonious as we speed toward the November election, this word has (or should!) become our battle cry for the children Read More...
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Successful Strategies for a Collaborative Team Part 2
August 16, 2012 2:24 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Earlier this week I discussed the seminar I taught designed to help transition therapists from a medical to educational model. To continue with my ten tips for becoming a successful member of the educational team let's look at the last recommendations: Read More...
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Tuesday Tidbit - OT once again makes US News & World Report best careers in 2009
March 2, 2010 9:42 PM by Wendy Hof
Once again Occupational Therapy has made the top career list for 2009 . Yay us!!! There is even mention of how Occupational Therapists are now being used as consultants for building developers. We've come a long way baby!! The article reports that the Read More...
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2 Years and still a little clueless ..
February 21, 2010 10:15 PM by Wendy Hof
It's hard to believe it's been two years since I started writing this blog. I had read somewhere that the average blog life is about 18 months before the blog is abandoned. This is a long time to try and think of new and interesting things to share. I'm Read More...
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