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How an Occupational Therapist Can Help Your Anxious Child

What is Occupational Therapy? Occupational therapists often visited my special education classroom throughout the school day. It wasn’t until I interviewed an occupational therapist, for an article on weighted blankets, that I learned the benefits occupational therapy offers an anxious child. I shared my lack…

January 31, 2017
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How School Therapy Dogs Comfort Children in 5 Minutes or Less

  Easing Anxiety and Grief The greatest demonstration of the healing power of therapy dogs might be the comfort they provided to the children of Newtown, Connecticut after the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The children returned to school full of…

January 16, 2017
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How Weighted Blankets Calm Children and Help them Sleep Better

Charles Shultz was definitely on to something when he created Linus VanPelt’s iconic baby blue blanket.  While he primarily uses it for security, Linus transforms his blanket into a shepherd’s headdress, a scarf, a sport coat and the covering for the base of a…

January 16, 2017
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10 Ways to Reduce Anxiety in the Classroom at the Holidays

Whether your school celebrates the holidays or not, the excitement and stress of the season affects children in their homes and in their classrooms. Most psychologists and mental health professionals believe that the anxious energy exhibited by groups of people is easily transferred to…

December 3, 2016