Occupational therapy pins dominate
Pinterest says pins for special needs resources are on the rise, and the popular social media outlet shared some of the top special needs-related pins with SheKnows — in no particular order.
Pinterest is addictive, entertaining and inspiring — for therapists, teachers and now, parents. As a parent of a toddler with Down syndrome, I began pinning to a board simply called, “Charlie.” Now, I have a board called, “Special needs” and pin there regularly. Pinterest is a new frontier for information gathering and sharing, and every parent can benefit.
Annabeth Martino, an occupational therapist at a school for children with severe disabilities, decided to channel her Pinterest powers for the good of her students — both elementary and older — as they prepare to transition out of school. Martino points out that Pinterest’s picture format can help students with varying levels of cognitive ability learn, share and grow.
Mindy is a practicing occupational therapist with more than 20 years of experience. She currently works with children who have disabilities in a large school district in Virginia. She has worked with school children of all ages, including preschool all the way up through high school. Tips from her website became a popular pin.
While therapists have leveraged Pinterest since its inception, Pinterest says parents are quickly becoming a rising resource, as well. Blogger Ellen Seidman has written about her son, Max — who has special needs — for years. When she blogged about occupational therapy ideas from the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital team, the pin took off.
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- OTPlan “matches the skills you want to work on, with the materials you have, to a detailed activity that will help you strengthen certain skills.”
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