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Fall 2011

In This Issue
Tips for Teachers
Tips for Parents
Tips for Completing Work on Time
Tips for Improving Accuracy and Work Quality
Holiday Closure Reminder
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P4P Back to School Toys
Sensory Processing and the Classroom

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Tips to Pass Along
to the Teacher

- Attempt to channel motor activity into acceptable avenues rather than reducing activity


- Encourage directed movement that isn't disruptive


- Allow standing during seatwork, especially at the end of a task


- Give activity reward (arrange chairs, clean the board, etc) as individual reward for improvement


- Try teaching activities that use active responses like talking, moving, organizing


- Encourage diary writing, painting, etc


- Teach children to ask questions that are on-topic


- Instruct children on how to continue on easier parts of tasks/other tasks while waiting for teacher's help


- Allow doodling, playing with paper clips or other fidgets while listening to instructions


- Encourage note-taking (even just cue words)



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Tips for Parents 


- Visit your child's teacher before the school year starts to find out expectations for students and let the teacher know your expectations for the school year

- Give teachers and counselors five self-addressed, stamped postcards and ask them to jot notes to you about your child's progress, or lack thereof

- Bring a list of issues you want to discuss to parent-teacher conferences

- Ask the teacher what standardized test scores mean and how they are used to evaluate your child

- Talk to the teacher about specific strategies to build your own child's talents and strengthen his or her weaknesses

- Never speak negatively about your child's teacher or school staff in front of your child. Adult conflicts about school should remain between adults


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Tips for Completing Work on Time


- Encourage the use of lists and assignment organizers (notebooks, folders, etc)


- Establish routines of pocket folders with new work on one side and completed, graded work and class notes organizes chronologically on the other


- Create an organized work space at home


- Organize desk or locker with labels and places for certain items


- Teach children the self-questioning routine of "Do I have everything I need?" before leaving one area/place for another


- Tape prompt cards in desks, on books, and in assignment folders


- Practice planning activities, such as what is needed, how much time, how to break task into parts


- Practice estimating time needed for activities


- Teach outlining skills


- Teach the use of computer programs like Word for listing and reordering ideas for projects



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Tips for Helping Improve Accuracy
and Work Quality


- Assign the child shorter tasks while increasing accuracy and quality expectations


- Supervise the child while he/she is performing school-work to monitor accuracy and quality


- Provide clearly stated criteria for acceptable work


- Provide samples of work which may serve as models for acceptable levels of accuracy and quality


- Have the child review work with his/her teacher to improve self-awareness of work quality


- Teach procedures like listening to directions, checking comprehension of directions, checking for errors, correcting for neatness, and copying the work over


- Recognize accuracy and quality work by praising the child, displaying the work, etc


- Check over work and require the child to make corrections before submitting to a teacher


- Ask the teacher for clearly stated directions for homework so that parents can provide better assistance


- Have the child maintain a chart representing the number of tasks completed and accuracy of each task 


Welcome to our "Back to School" Newsletter for the rapidly approaching school year! Everyone at HCT hopes your family has had a fantastic summer full of sunshine and good memories.


We now are able to mail out to more contacts than we have in the past, which should explain why this may be your first newsletter, especially if you are a newer or older client. If at any time no you on longer wish to receive newsletters and announcements from HCT simply click on the "unsubscribe" button at the top or bottom of the page.


Below you'll find articles and tips for helping your child settle into the classroom and succeeding academically. Please feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone who might be interested.


Here's to a great school year!

Holiday Reminder

Attention Parents:

Holiday Closure: Labor Day- Sep 5th  

Harbor Children's Therapy will be closed   

Monday, September 5th

in observance of the national holiday

We will reopen Tuesday, September 6th

for normal office hours

Have a great holiday weekend!  


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We welcome clients new and old to share testimonies, tips, encouragement, and thoughts on our wall.

Beyond letting you know office announcements, we want this to be a place for you to find and network with other parents who share similar stories. Building community is a crucial element of continued therapy success outside our clinic doors, so visit our page and get started today!

HTC will giving out gift certificates when we hit 50 and 100 friends on Facebook.

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Back to School Toys


Tools to Help Get Your

Child Ready for School   

Visit our office for all your P4P toy needs!


Getting Ready for School

- Hoppity Hop Balls- help children become alert, awake, and ready by hopping on this inflated ball with hand strap  

hop balls 

Writing Aides and Fine Motor Development 

- Putties- Brain Food Putty, Galactic Putty, High Bounce Putty- help to strengthen hands when manipulated

- Play Foam- glittery foam that never dries out and helps to strengthen hand muscles when manipulated

- Animal Chopsticks- develop fine motor skills for handwriting by picking up small objects

- Squiggle Wiggle Writer- pen that "wiggles" as child writes creating a challenge for fine motor skills

- Dart Blaster- use fine motor skills to pull the trigger and blast foam darts


- Finger Flashlights- flashlights that making moving hands super fun in the dark while stimulating fine motor skills

- Fidget Toys- P4P has a variety of small toys, like the IPop Squeeze Animals, that help children develop hand strength and fine motor skills by teaching that a certain hand motion produces a certain result

- Handwriting Without Tears- nationally recognized as a premiere program for helping children learn to write, P4P offers the following HWT products:

       Chalkboard, Double-lined Blackboard, Letters and Numbers Workbook, and HWT Workbook 



- Corn Cob and Cola Bottle Whistles- develops eye muscles. Blowing the whistle helps children visually focus for an anticipated outcome 

The Classroom and SPD

* An excerpt from sensory-processing-disoder.com

Problem Behavior In the Classroom: Dealing with Children and Sensory Processing Disorders at School 


Problem behavior in the classroom is one of the most difficult

aspects of a teacher's job.


It interrupts their lesson plans, tries their patience, interferes with the other children's learning environment and leaves many teachers feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and out of control.

Children with sensory processing disorders are often the most misunderstood, misdiagnosed, misguided and frustrating of the "challenging children".


Without a deep understanding of the reasons behind the behaviors these children exhibit (which is explained more in depth throughout this site), proper intervention and control within the classroom may very well be impossible!


Two of the most common problem behaviors in the classroom teachers see are a child's lack of focus, and the inability to sit/stand for an appropriate length of time to effectively learn.


Children with a sensory processing disorder often "under register" movement. Their bodies just can't seem to get enough or get the right amount at the right time to endure tasks that require focus and concentration.


There are multiple tasks a child needs to be able to accomplish on a regular basis for optimal school performance........


The inability to perform the following tasks warrants a referral to additional professionals (such as an Occupational Therapist).


These tasks are:

1. performing self-care tasks independently

2. ability to care for personal belongings

3. ability to handle a day at school without excessive fatigue

4. ability to organize and sequence information

5. ability to "read" social and environmental cues

6. ability to perform and stay on tasks without excessive distractibility

7. ability to take in and process sensory information properly 
The inability to properly process sensory information will elicit very particular behaviors.

Here is a very general list (you will find more specifics, however, on a variety of other pages within this site)........


Click here to keep reading


Genevieve Kennedy
Harbor Childrens Therapy

253-853-5155 ext. 1 (office)

253-853-5150 (fax)


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Like the tips? Find them in the following publications:

1. CH.A.D.D Educators Manual: Attention Deficit Disorders
2. The Attention Deficit Disorders Intervention Manual



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