Classroom Considerations for Teachers and Kids with Special Needs Episode 15

In this episode I discuss possible considerations for teachers to use with children in their classrooms. These ideas could benefit both kids with and without special needs. Strategies are given for ways to potentially increase their attention to tasks as well as help them be calm when being over active or “wound up”.

Research Article: http://ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleid=1851485
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July/August 2011, Vol. 65, 393-399. doi:10.5014/ajot.2011.000554
Wittfitt Website: https://www.wittfitt.com/product-category/stability-balls/

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Child Development
Sensory Processing
Occupational Therapy
Special Needs


Chew Stixx Pencil Toppers


These chewable pencil toppers are great for those kids who feel the need to chew on things like pencils, pens, clothing, etc. These are meant for chewing and biting to help fulfill the sensory need. Use with supervision and discard at the first sign of wear and tear.


Bottles and Cups in Infant and Child Development Episode 14

On this episode we take a look at a research study that determines what causes the most injuries to children under 3 years of age with regards to bottles, sippy cups, and pacifiers.
Then, you get an Occupational Therapists perspective on teaching kids to drink from an open cup or straw cup when transitioning from bottle drinking.

Research Study Information:
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/129/6/1104.full.pdf
Sarah A. Keim, Erica N. Fletcher, Megan R. W. TePoel and Lara B. McKenzie. Pediatrics. 2012;129;1104; originally published online May 14, 2012; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-3348.

See Amazon links for:
Reflo Cups: Reflo Smart Cup, Green
Take N Toss Cups: The First Years Straw Cup, Take and Toss, 10 Ounce,, 8-Count

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Child Development
Infant Development
Sensory Processing
Oral Motor
Special Needs


Take N Toss Straw Cups


Take N Toss straw cups are great for teaching kids how to drink from a straw. You can give the cup a little squeeze and some of the liquid will come up through the straw. It is not completely spill proof, but usually only a little will spill out if it gets tipped over. They are light weight and easy for little hands to hold as well.


Reflo Smart Cup


This cup is a great way to start teaching children to drink from an open cup with potentially less spilling than with an open cup. You can allow them to have some independence without worrying about the entire drink spilling right away if the cup tips over.
The cup has a round piece that fits down inside the cup above the liquid. It has small spaces all around the edge of the round piece that will allow liquid to easily flow out when the cup is tipped up. However, the entire amount of liquid will not pour out at once. It will flow through the spaces into a smaller stream for drinking with a more controlled flow than with just an open cup.


Chewy Necklaces for Oral Sensory Needs

These silicone necklaces are great for kids that like to chewy on their clothes, toys, and any objects that may not be appropriate for chewing, plus they look cute! They are BPA free. You can see more color options by clicking on the picture and linking to Amazon.