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Close The Performance Gap on Dysgraphia When a student has difficulty with the writing process (dysgraphia) – e.g., handwriting, spelling, or putting their thoughts down on paper – there are two ways to close the performance gap. First and foremost, we must provide instructional intervention to improve the student’s skills and abilities. Secondly, we can […]

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Dysgraphia: A Neurological Disorder Affecting the Ability to Write Dysgraphia is a learning disability where the child has a neurological disorder that affects their ability to write, regardless of their intellect. The term is used to describe handwriting issues such as dysfunctional pencil grasps; improper letter formation; reversal of certain letters like b and d, […]

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Welcome Holly Lind to the Skills 4 Life Team Holly Lind will be joining Skills 4 Life Pediatric Occupational Therapy on July 1, 2019, from Certified Adaptive, where she provided customized seating solutions to children in wheelchairs. Before Certified Adaptive, she was an Occupational Therapy Aide at Craig Hospital. Holly has provided comprehensive care and […]

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Every day students are taught information they are expected to learn, process, and apply during testing. But, if students aren’t retaining what they’re hearing in lectures or reading in books, they won’t be able to recall the information and use it in real life. Writing accurate notes and creating effective study guides is an important […]

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Here are some of our favorite abbreviations for note taking: General abbreviations: aka = also known as, another name for… a.m. = morning bk. = book b/c = because ch or chpt = chapter co. = company diff = difference e.g. = for example esp = especially hw = homework i.e. = in other words […]

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Early Intervention Services Enhance Brain Development An infant’s experiences have long-lasting effects on their ability to learn, regulate their emotions, connect socially, and sequentially develop for optimal neurological function. When there is an absence of appropriate experiences and learning opportunities in a child’s environment, the brain’s development can be stunted. However, if ample learning opportunities are provided, brain […]

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Top 3 Tips to Help Your Child Manage Test Anxiety We all want our children to do well at school and it can be frustrating when you watch your child show up and do the work but then not test well. For many students, test anxiety hinders their ability to perform. When children are anxious, […]

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Children are taught new information every day in school, but in order for it be meaningful or useful, they have to be able to remember what they learn and apply it in different contexts. Improve Your Study Skills for Lifelong Learning Studying teaches children (and adults) how to grasp concepts efficiently – a skill that […]

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Carrying too many heavy books in to school may not be smart. When your child uses an overweight backpack or doesn’t carry it correctly, it can cause damage to their back and shoulders, and create long-term health issues. Backpacks should fit your child properly and weigh no more than 10% to 15% of your child’s […]

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