School closures, self-isolation and occupational deprivation

Occupational Deprivation: being precluded from participating in activities that are important to us due to reasons outside our control. We’re living through strange and unprecedented times. The latest government advice on Coronavirus will mean greater social distancing and more pupils and families being asked to self-isolate. And with school closures seemingly inevitably on the horizon, …

Sensory Processing: Theory and Classroom Strategies

We’re all familiar with our five main senses: touch, taste, smell, sound and sight. But, when we talk about sensory processing, we have to introduce two other players: the vestibular sense and the proprioceptive sense. The Vestibular Sense: This is the messages our brain receives from the fluid in our ears, about whether our head …

5 Top Tips for Supporting Transition into September

Most of us are feeling it. That anxious feeling as the summer holiday draws to a close and a new academic year approaches. “Am I ready to teach this new class or subject?” “Will my new class respond to me and my teaching style?” “Is my classroom inclusive for my new pupils?” It’s natural. Change brings …

What is School-Based Occupational Therapy?… and does my school need one?

“Think about the 3 activities you value most. Now imagine you wake up one morning and can’t do them anymore. An Occupational Therapist is the person who helps you do these activities again.” I wish I could remember the person who shared this quote with me! But, although the name didn’t stick with me, the …

Handwriting: Challenges and Strategies

“I know what I want to say. I just can’t write it down. It’s so annoying!” This is one pupil’s reflection on why he walked out of class earlier this week. But this is one of many similar stories and a story, I’m sure, that resonates with many children, parents, carers and teachers. Indeed, between …

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