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A Collaborative Approach to RtI
June 26, 2013 4:37 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I was inspired by the story posted in Advance this week from OT Mary Primarti. Entitled Response to Intervention: A Success Story ( ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners July 2013 p. 12 ) Mary outlines a practical approach between OT and a Pre-K Read More...
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Using Assessments in School Based Practice
March 15, 2013 12:22 PM by Cecilia Cruse
One of the most challenging skills, I think, for OTs and PTs who make the transition from a medical to educational service model is understanding and implementing assessments correctly. In an outpatient or rehab setting, for example, we get used to completing 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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A Crash Course on Common Core Standards
January 9, 2013 6:00 PM by Cecilia Cruse
This past December I had the opportunity to listen in to the AOTA Pediatric Virtual Chat on Common Core Standards. There has been much buzz about this topic in recent months, but as a busy therapist I just assumed this was related to teachers and curriculum. Read More...
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Reflections on Early Childhood Educators
November 14, 2012 12:27 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Last week I attended the National Association of Young Children (NAEYC) annual conference held in Atlanta, GA. Thousands of Early Childhood (EC) educators, administrators and other related support staff were in attendance this year. In my interactions Read More...
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Know Your State’s RtI Initiative.
October 25, 2012 12:30 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I know we have so many acronyms to keep up with these days and they can certainly vary depending on if your area of practice is in the medical vs.educational setting. For the latter, there seems to be variations by state on the terminology for RtI: Response Read More...
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What Autism Feels Like
October 7, 2012 4:21 PM by Cecilia Cruse
A colleague recently sent this YouTube link and I felt compelled to share it. Although titled What Autism Feels Like , it is actually a brief clip on what a day probably sounds like in the life of a child with ASD. As peds therapists, it often becomes 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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I AM......!
May 3, 2012 3:02 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I have long been an advocate of using affirmations for children as part of my therapy sessions. All children, especially the populations we work with, need continual reminders of a positive message to help maintain self-esteem and self-worth which seem Read More...
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Wonderful Websites - School work help
May 15, 2011 1:45 PM by Wendy Hof
My youngest son has several learning disabilities that cause him to struggle with school work and home work. I am always trying to find strategies that will help him become more independent with his school/home work. Recently I attended a really good Read More...
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