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Classroom Modifications and Accommodations for School Based Therapists

This 20 page handbook includes classroom modifications and accommodations for a variety of topics. It is intended to be a reference for school based therapists, case managers, teachers, and parents. It's a must-have for anyone working in the school setting.

The Occupational Therapist's Role in School

This free download outlines some of the key roles and responsibilities of the school-based OT. OT's wear many hats, and depending on the type of school and the makeup of the student body, there is so much more that encompasses this dynamic profession!  

3:1 Model: How to Get Started and Implement it in Your School

This guide outlines how to begin implementing the 3:1 Service Delivery Model in your school and/or district. We share how to get started, how we implement it in our district, a sample letter to share with your teachers and staff, and additional resources for further research.

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Take 5 for Vision

This free download is a must have for any school-based OT. It includes:

  • Top 5 iPad Accessibility Features

  • Top 5 No Equipment Exercises

  • Top 5 Apps to Work on Visual Processing Skills

The Speech Language Pathologist's Role in School

This free download outlines some of the key roles and responsibilities of the school-based SLP SLP's wear many hats, and depending on the type of school and the makeup of the student body, there is so much that encompasses this dynamic profession!  

Childhood Apraxia of Speech & Phonologic
Childhood Apraxia of Speech vs. Severe Phonological Disorder

When evaluating a child with suspected CAS, a differential diagnosis is key in order to provide the most effective intervention. It's important to remember that no single characteristic has been found to clearly distinguish children with CAS from children with other speech sound disorders. This free download outlines the differences in CAS and phonological disorders to guide you in your assessment.

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The Hierarchy of Language Processing

Have you ever heard of the Hierarchy for Language Processing? The idea is that all language skills build on one another and an individual must have a solid foundation before they can understand and use a higher level skill. If you feel lost in your goal writing or lesson planning and have been picking tasks at random, this framework will guide you in creating more structure for your therapy.

Levels of Phonological and Phoneme Awareness Development

This free download outlines the early, basic, and advanced levels of phonological and phoneme awareness, according to the PAST, or the Phonological Awareness Screening Test (Kilpatrick, 2016). It includes an example for each skill. If you're looking to learn more about phonological awareness and related activities, start here!

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5 On-The-Go Sensory Solutions

When you're in the classroom and need to help an overstimulated or under-stimulated student quickly, try one of these on-the-spot solutions!

Promoting Neurodiversity: 9 Questions for the IEP Meeting

When you know better, you do better. If you're looking to include more neurodivergent-affirming practices into your IEP meetings, review the questions here. 

Top 6 Videos for Social Learning

Wordless short films can be used to address so many therapy goals! These videos are just a few of our favorites for making predictions and inferences, understanding body language and facial expressions, and problem solving. You might also use these for story-retelling and other language-based goals! Even more stories and short films are reviewed in our course, Using Media to Support Social Learning.

Debunking 7 Myths About Dyslexia and Dysgraphia

It’s time to debunk seven of the most common myths related to dyslexia and dysgraphia. 

Play-Based Therapy: What It Is, What It Is Not, and What It Looks Like

Share this handout with parents, graduate students, teachers, and colleagues to spread the word about play-based therapy including what it is, what it is not, and what it looks like. We outline specific ideas for what to do when your child or student is lining up cars and highlight some of the key principles derived from the DIR Floortime® Model.

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