OT Corner: Make Way for Indoor Play

[Source:  Playapy]

Generally parents understand the importance of both outdoor and indoor play. Outdoor play has been shown to increase attention span while indoor play encourages more creative flow. However, when I speak with parents regarding their attempts to achieve regular playtime for their children, one of the most stated obstacles to play in general is weather. This is partly due to long standing perceptions that children should “go outside and play.” More than heat or cold, rain is the ultimate downer and leads many to stop movement and start a movie. Most parents don’t think of their home as a playground, but there are simple ways to transform a space for outdoor play while indoors.

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A little creativity can go a long way in transforming an indoor space for play. You may not be able to fit a swing set inside your home, but you can use your furniture or purchase some inexpensive equipment to allow for big changes in how your child perceives his or her home.

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New Grad Corner: 7 Essential Tips for NBCOT Exam Prep

[Source:  OT in Motion]

This post is the first of a multi-part series on preparing for the NBCOT exam. In this post, I will be discussing seven essential tips for preparing for the exam. Please comment below if you have additional tips and ideas to share!

Know Your Study Style – You’ve taken countless tests in your graduate program – so you should know what study style works best for you. Think back to the tests you rocked and how you studied for them.

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SLP Corner: I am Not Superpowered!

[Source:  Annie Doyle, MS CCC-SLP]

I can’t explain it. I have had a very, very busy year with no less than six evaluations pending at a time and I have been coping quite well. Two weeks ago…BAM! Leading up to my proverbial “hitting of the wall,” we had been coordinating a two-day NHSLHA Spring Conference and rehearsals for our middle school play began. I am assistant directing this year. Adding a little lemon juice to the paper cut I had progress reports and IEPs to address. This was all magnified by a system of meeting scheduling that is inefficient and panic inducing. Case managers submit requests for meetings to the secretary, who then begins sending a barrage of emails to the required meeting attendees asking if the date is good. This means I may get a permission to test and a meeting request within days of each other. Naturally, I don’t have the testing done or the written evaluation and already a meeting is being scheduled. I can get four of those at a pop! I can’t think about a meeting when I haven’t even had the privilege of evaluating a student. I quite literally had a panic attack, twice. My breathing became shallow, I was dizzy, and the tears just came.

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School Psych Corner: White Matter Maturation Associated with Emergence of Theory of Mind

[Source:  The Journal Nature]

by Charlotte Grosse Wiesmann, Jan Schreiber, Tania Singer, Nikolaus Steinbeis, and Angela D. Friederici

Humans have the ability to represent what other people think and believe. This implies that we are able to understand that beliefs may differ from reality and, therefore, that people can have false beliefs about the world. This ability allows us to predict how a person with a false belief about the world will act so that we can adjust our own actions accordingly. As such, Theory of Mind (ToM) constitutes a key role for complex interaction between human individuals, including behaviours such as cooperation, social communication and morality1,2. Understanding that others can have false beliefs is considered to be a crucial test for ToM3. In childhood, there is a developmental breakthrough between the ages of 3 and 4 years, when children start passing standard

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Peds Tx Corner: Social Behavior Starts with Social Thought: The Four Steps of Perspective Taking

Editor’s Note:   Thank you to School Psyched, Your School Psychologist for featuring this article.    You can follow her HERE

Students (including adults) usually respond that social thinking is only used while within a social interaction, such as hanging out with friends, playing a game, etc. It takes much discussion for students to begin to realize that social thinking is active any time you share space with others, even if you are not in direct communication. How many of us move our shopping carts out of the way of a fellow shopper walking down the same isle of a grocery store? That’s social thinking.

Social thinking is active not just when we are in the company of others, but any time we are thinking about others. When alone, don’t we analyze past social interactions in our heads, wondering if the other person perceived our actions in the intended way? We call or email to clarify a message or offer an apology when we realize we may have been misinterpreted, or that our actions were just plain wrong. Social thinking at work!

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