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The Importance of Recess
July 11, 2014 9:17 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
We all know that if we ask a young child what their favorite class in school is most wil say "recess!" I can recall how important recess was when I was growing up. It was a time to meet up with friends and share the latest school news or join in a game Read More...
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There, Their, They’re – Spelling and Grammar Resources to Share
September 26, 2013 8:05 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
"My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places." - A.A. Milne , Winnie-the-Pooh Spelling can be a challenge for children of all ages. The English language is not an easy language to learn. We have many Read More...
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Reading Resources - Birth to 12th Grade
September 18, 2013 12:05 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Having a child with learning disabilities has opened up a whole new world of resources that are available to school aged children. I have come across different strategies and resources to help in reading, writing, sensory, and overall learning. In upcoming Read More...
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Therapist, Mother, Writer, Advocate, Friend
September 11, 2013 9:14 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I wanted to take today's blog to share with you a little bit about who I am, where I've come from, and where I'm hoping to go. I'm hoping this little insight may make you feel a little more comfortable in asking for advice, sharing your stories, or just Read More...
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Seasons Changing and Sensory Needs
September 4, 2013 12:29 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Here in New England the leaves are starting to turn colors, there is a nip in the air, and the apples are ready for picking. Fall is just around the corner! As much as I love this time of year I know that there are many parents right now who are looking Read More...
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It's My Turn!
June 21, 2013 11:21 AM by Cecilia Cruse
We all work with children with special needs (and even some typically developing kids) that have trouble with social skills because of the turn taking concept. Every turn is his/her turn and/or there are meltdowns when asked to “wait your turn” etc. Here Read More...
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Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
May 7, 2013 1:30 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I was glad to see this pop up on my radar. This Thursday May 9th is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day . With our 24/7 news and social media feed these days it just seems as if there is a barrage of attention lately focused on escalating Read More...
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AOTA Conference Recap Part 2
May 2, 2013 4:23 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I sat in on a great short course for Children and Youth last week at the AOTA conference. Entitled Finding Our Niche in RtI , instructors Joyce Salis, OTD, OTR/L and Janet Bucey, OTR/L did a super job of explaining OT’s role in the RtI process at each Read More...
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Recess Resources
April 23, 2013 4:16 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Continuing on our Earth Day adventures with the theme of getting outside one of my fellow colleagues who is a former PE instructor sent me a great blog from peds OT Loren Shlaes. Entitled Why Kids Need Recess and PE for Academic Success it is an open Read More...
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Is Nature Deficit Disorder on the Rise in Children?
April 19, 2013 3:11 PM by Cecilia Cruse
With Earth Day this Monday (4/22/13) it seemed appropriate to bring up this topic. No NDD is not an official medical diagnosis, but a description of “human alienation from nature.” Upon the recommendation of a trusted OT friend, I have just downloaded Read More...
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Telehealth Update
April 17, 2013 5:26 PM by Cecilia Cruse
This concept is popping up in my world again so just thought I would give an update on my blog from earlier this year on Telehealth . My sister is a clinical nurse specialist who works for a busy pediatric cardiology center. Her team is discussing how Read More...
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COTAs in School Based Practice
April 12, 2013 4:51 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I read Jennifer’s recent blog entitled Defending COTAs a few weeks ago and it got me thinking about this from a pediatric perspective. As an OTR I have worked with some wonderful COTAs in a hospital setting, but not in school based practice so I thought 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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Kids are the Best Teachers!
March 24, 2013 3:02 PM by Cecilia Cruse
As a peds OT for over 25 years, I’ve said for a long time now that it’s not what we teach our kids in therapy it’s what they teach us! Here are a few great examples of our ambassadors for special needs: Grace McClelland: Born with a ULD (Upper Limb Difference) Read More...
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Pediatric Therapy Mission Trips
March 20, 2013 4:21 PM by Cecilia Cruse
A few weeks ago I got a note from an OT friend who was headed to Ghana with the group Children Inspiring Hope. This non -profit promotes concepts of a global community and works to connect children cross culturally through art and education service programs. Read More...
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