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Coping with stress for kids

A gorgeous, 8-year old enters my therapy room, fidgety, tense and sensitive to everything around him. He sighs and says: "those kids are so loud"; "so and so are mean to me"; "I have so much work to do"; "when do the holidays start?" Term has just begun and already he is worn out. I [...]

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Coping with stress for teachers – how to get to the end of the year in one piece

We are quickly approaching the end of the year, and therefore the end of another academic year. It is a time when teachers need to ensure that all the syllabus requirements are met, setting and marking of exam papers are done, report writing is done and added to all that, they may have to organize [...]

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My child is sensitive to movement – help?

Stop the world – I want to get off! Have you ever spent so much time swimming in the ocean or being on a boat that your body continues to perceive this sensation after you have returned to solid ground? Imagine that sensation did not stop and you continued to have difficulty perceiving your movement [...]

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Classroom sensibilities

As an occupational therapist, it was essential for me to assess and determine a child’s sensory profile in order for me to provide the “just-right” environment and activities for that particular child to develop, learn and thrive in an optimal way. Therapy sessions were done in a one-on-one basis and although challenging, made it much [...]

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How to engage the passive children in your classroom

It is an average school day and Little Johnny is merrily going along his way until suddenly he hears his teacher telling him to put his towel down and jump into the pool. Johnny looks around and realises that all his classmates including himself are dressed in their swimming costumes and waiting their turn to [...]

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One teacher – various temperaments!

“How do I cope with all these different children in my classroom?” This has become a standard question in a lot of school staffrooms. The demands of a teaching job coupled with widely differing types of children within the classroom setting, seems to be causing teachers a lot of extra stress. Teaching in the classroom [...]

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Optimal learning in the classroom: Switched on for learning

Children are under immense pressure to perform in all areas of their daily functions, including academics, sport, leisure and on the social front. They are under constant sensory input, primarily through the visual, hearing and touch systems. No single class has children functioning on the same sensory thresholds – some children will reach their thresholds [...]

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Autism and the senses – a parent’s guide

April marks Autism Awareness month. All around the world famous landmarks have been lit up with blue lights - a great way for the world to notice that autism is real, it impacts more people than we can imagine and there is still so much to learn about the condition. Ask any parent, adult, sibling [...]

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Creating sensory intelligent classrooms

Sensory Intelligent Classrooms Children’s behaviour in a classroom is often described as being overly active with difficulty focusing, like the animated character Tigger, or underactive and not responsive to activities or learning within the classroom, like Eeyore. Then there are children who seem to manage and get along with what they need to, like Winnie [...]

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Sit still and concentrate! And why it doesn’t work

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in children today. In a classroom full of children, there is bound to be a few children who are correctly diagnosed and medicated accordingly. ADHD can and does share similar signs to that of sensory processing difficulties, and they can look very [...]

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