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July 2, 2013

Special Feature: Advancing School-Based Practice Speakers Talk About Hot Topics
We spoke with several presenters at the AOTA Specialty Conference: Advancing School-Based Practice for a sneak peek preview. Sue Bazyk talked to us about mental health in the school and how to find time to incorporate it in your busy day. Judith Weenink Schoonover may know her assistive technology, but she does not consider herself to be tech savvy—so you shouldn't worry about that either. Finally, Doris Pierce discusses transitions for older youths with disabilities. Read all three Q&As here and get more information (and register today!) for the specialty conference from July 26 to 27 in Minneapolis.

The Pulse: Where Has Pretend Play Gone?
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To celebrate the start of summer this week (officially on June 21) Browse the aisles of toy stores and you may find yourself asking the same question as OT blogger Dana—where has all the pretend play gone? On her Embrace the Chaos blog, Dana reminds us of the many benefits of pretend play (e.g., social skills and social-emotional development). She is terrified by the trend of children outgrowing dolls and train sets at an earlier age. Read her post here. AOTA's tip sheet on learning through play gives parents tips on how to encourage more pretend play and provides information on what an occupational therapy practitioner can do to help. Download it here and share.

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Evidence Byte: New Systematic Reviews on Early Childhood in AJOT
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Check out the July/August issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT), which is a special issue on interventions used in occupational therapy early childhood services. The issue has systematic reviews of interventions related to social-emotional development; cognitive development; motor development; feeding, eating, and swallowing; and models of service delivery. Also included is an article describing the methodology of the systematic reviews. Read more (log in).

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