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Early Intervention: An Occupational Therapists Point of View

May 25, 2014 in Special Education Articles by Doug Goldberg

To correctly begin this article we have to start with, " ONCE UPON A TIME”. You may new be sitting with a puzzled look on your face, but let me explain. Lets look at students A, B, and C:

Student A is a 15 year old student who's teacher is ready to fail him because of his poor handwriting.

ONCE UPON A TIME.......when the same student was 4, he was unable to keep his alphabet aligned on his wide ruled paper nor was he able to complete simple mazes. His visual motor integrational skills were not addressed when he was young and is now a hindrance to his progress.  Read the rest of this entry →

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The Other Side of the Spectrum

October 9, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

“I’m sure you want to know if he’s on the autism spectrum,” the doctor said. I was dumbstruck. I nodded. An autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was nowhere on my radar but I didn’t let on my surprise.

Instead, I sat through the rest of my son’s doctor’s appointment in a complete fog. How could I be so blindsided? I prided myself for being well informed, investigating all the possible reasons why our sweet, little boy never uttered a mama or dada by the age of 2; why he always fell short of meeting his milestones – turning over, crawling, walking, talking. I always tried to reassure myself that he was on his own developmental track and he would just grow out of it. He’d been given numerous diagnoses none of which explained our child and varied depending on the specialist -- verbal apraxia, sensory integration dysfunction, ADHD, even oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).  Read the rest of this entry →

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Six Techniques to Facilitate Early Childhood Speech

July 20, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

The following six techniques and exercises will help facilitate early childhood speech, language, and communicative development; in particular, they will assist the child with a speech & language delay. About.com will feature a video clip of myself explaining and demonstrating each technique.

According to a seminal research by Dr. Todd Risley, American babies from families of all socio-economic levels heard on average 1,440 words per hour, and by age three had practiced saying between 4 million to 12 million words. The difference in how much a parent and child talked to each other was strongly correlated with the differences in the toddler’s vocabulary and intellectual achievement at both at age three and age nine. In other words, children tended to develop better vocabularies and have better intellectual achievement if their parents were more social with them.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Playroom Design: Designing for academic success

April 3, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

The playroom is to infants and preschoolers what the classroom is to students and the office is to professionals. Camouflaged as a space for mindless diversion it’s where THE most important work of your child’s life will take place. 

So how do we select the best toys, activities, and playroom set up? Simple, follow a basic formula. First, know what you are developing through play. Then, make sure you have the toys, opportunities, and space to cover these areas.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Developmental Milestones: Relevance to Nursing and Early Childhood Education

March 21, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Often, college students do not realize the relevance a class may have in other academic areas.  One example is developmental milestones of children. Pediatric nursing as well as early childhood education both focus on these aspects in their curriculum and show intertwining relevance to the respective educational and career paths. While most people realize children grow and develop, most do not comprehend the importance of assessing the process of growth and development. Read the rest of this entry →

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Preschool For Children with Special Needs

March 13, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Making choices about the preschool years for your child with special needs can be stressful and confusing.  With so much emphasis on the early years, it is not uncommon for parents to hear every single tick of the clock.  It feels like there is no time for mistakes.  One decision can seem like it will have repercussions for a lifetime.  The fact is, you cannot predict the future outcome of your choices today, but you can make educated decisions based on what you know now.  Read the rest of this entry →

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