Pediatric Therapy Find of the Week: The Incredible Moodbear

Bumped into this one on Pinterest.  I LOVE this!! Perfect for the desk of the school psychologist, or any therapy clinician working on emotions and social skills!

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Worth Repeating: The Life Skill More Kids With Special Needs Should Learn

[Source:  Love That Max]


School officials in Jurupa Valley, California, apologized last week for having Patriot High School students in special ed sort through campus trash bins for recyclables. The activity was part of a functional skills program, which also includes doing a budget, purchasing groceries and cooking meals. Outraged parents condemned administrators for humiliating and stigmatizing students with special needs.

This got me thinking about the life skills Max is learning. At school, he’s gotten guidance with feeding, dressing and toileting. His teacher has been wonderful at helping us reinforce manners; Max now regularly says “please” and “thank you,” especially if you take him to visit a fire station. But there’s one life skill Max isn’t picking up at school or at any of the special programs he attends: socializing with so-called typical peers. It isn’t happening much at home, either.

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SLP Corner: Cariboo for Speech Therapy

[Source:  Speech Room News]


I’ve been using this game for seven years and it’s still going strong! Cariboo was a cranium game. It is no longer made. I see it at Goodwill frequently. If you start looking you’ll be able to pick up a version for cheap. In the past I’ve shared about using Cariboo for Articulation therapy and with AAC in preschoolers.

The object of the game is to find all the hidden balls. To find the balls you open the doors on the game with the key. Keep the balls in the shoot on the right hand side. Once you collect all the balls the treasure box opens. The kids LOVE this one because it involves hidden bouncy balls. I love this one because it’s so motivating, a great way to withhold to entice language, and easily modified to fit therapy. The cards slide into the slots on the top of each door.

Target vocabulary receptively by naming items and having the student find the named word. Describe the function and open that door. Expressively, have the student name the item before they open it. Say a sentence before you open the door or ask a friend to open that door. For grammar target plurals or action words. The possibilities are endless!

In the past I’ve made a lot of different Cariboo Companion cards. Thrown in plastic baggies and stuffed into the lid, they were quite the mess. Since I’ve moved back to preschool this year I wanted to get organized.

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Interview Tip: Don’t Forget the Follow-up

thankyounoteIt may seem like your interview is over when you shake the employers hand, leave the facility and head home, but it’s most definitely not.   How you conduct yourself post-interview, can significantly improve, or ruin the impression you have made so far.

Within 24 hours of the initial interview, write a follow-up email AND a handwritten note via “snail mail” to the hiring manager, your personnel contact at the company and any other key decisions makers with whom you have spoken.  Thank them again for their time and make a point to tell them how interested you are in the job.  Remind them about any major points you may have covered in the interview as well as your qualifications.

It may seem like “old school” to you to send a written note, but rest assured, it could likely be the final touch to help seal an employers decision that YOU are the right therapist or special education professional for their school, clinic or organization.

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Worth Repeating: A Critical Response to “The Kids Who Beat Autism”

Editor’s Note:  PediaStaff ran this story when the NYT article came out.   We thought this was an important followup.


by Steven Kapp, M.A.

I critically lectured on autism and “outcomes” like “recovery” for my UCLA Autism and Neurodiversity class the day the New York Times article The Kids Who Beat Autism came out, then saw a related statement I wrote* for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network shared widely later that same day — so I mulled over how much more attention to give the NYT story. 

I finally decided to write an updated response for my students, focusing on the cited research, including Catherine Lord’s critiques of Deborah Fein, my critiques of Lord, and my critiques of the new article. I otherwise sat on the response for days but decided to share it on Facebook as a status update and then, with my friend Amy Sequenzia’s encouragement, as a public Note. Now, following several TPGA editrixes’ well-deserved vacations, I am honored to give the response wider exposure through my first publication on TPGA.

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