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Tips to Help a Child Not Be Alone at Recess or in the Cafeteria

In Bullying, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

If you are an educator and you see that a child is constantly alone at recess or lunch, call a meeting, come up with a plan, do something to help that child. Research supports the notion that there are strategies we can use to help a child not be alone at recess, such as more structured play time, incorporating more …

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15 Estrategias para el Comportamiento de los Niños en el Espectro Autista

In Español by Rachel Wise

Versión En ingles En este artículo se presentaran 15 estrategias para ayudar al comportamiento de los niños en el espectro autista (algunas estrategias también se pueden utilizar con adultos). Muchas de las estrategias también se pueden usar para ayudar a los niños sin autismo los cuales tienen comportamientos desafiantes. Al cuidar o al trabajar con un niño con autismo, un padre, …

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Online Discount Store Offers Hundreds of Hands-on Activities to Keep Learning Fun & Engaging

In Educational Games and Programs, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Research demonstrates the benefits of teaching children through a variety of senses (multi-sensory/hands-on learning), which allows children to absorb information through sight, sounds, movement, and touch! In multi-sensory learning, children are active and doing something rather than just sitting passively trying to remember what their teacher is teaching them. “If I can do it, I can understand it.” Related Article: …

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How Do Positive Role Models Affect Our Youth and Communities?

In Behavior Support, Counselors, Parents, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

Research findings indicate that adolescents who can identify a positive role model in their lives have higher grades and self-esteem than those who can’t, particularly when the youth knows their role model on a personal level. Positive role models are also shown to decrease a youth’s potential for risky behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse, sexual intercourse, and violence. …

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Research-Based Program ‘Read Naturally’ Leads to Significant Improvements in Fluency and Comprehension

In Educational Games and Programs, Learning Disabilities, Reading, Reading Strategies by Rachel Wise

Read Naturally is meant to be used as a supplement to your child’s reading curriculum. It aims to improve reading fluency, accuracy, and comprehension of students in elementary school through adulthood. Research studies on Read Naturally indicate that students who progress through the program make significant gains in reading comprehension and oral reading fluency. Read Naturally uses a combination of …

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8 Highest-Rated Math Board Games (Addition & Subtraction)

In Educators, Fun Ideas, Math, Math Strategies, Parents by Rachel Wise

Below are eight of the highest-rated math board games to practice addition and subtraction. For students who are struggling or just learning, an adult should play with the child(ren), providing assistance as needed. Research demonstrates the benefits of applying a multi-sensory approach to math instruction. A multi-sensory approach incorporates the senses such as sight, sound, and touch into instruction. Playing …

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Self-Monitoring Apps Help Students Improve Behavior and Time On-Task

In ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

Teachers often report that keeping students focused on the task at hand is a challenge. While there are many strategies to improve time on-task and behavior in the classroom, research studies support the use of self-monitoring apps as one method for making a positive difference for students. For more on this research see: Implementation of a self-monitoring application to improve …

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3 Research-Based Programs That Improve Social-Emotional Skills in School-Aged Children

In Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Educators, Parents, Social Skills, Social-Emotional, Special Education by Rachel Wise

As a school psychologist, I have often heard teachers and parents express concerns about students’ abilities in the area of social skills, emotional regulation, and self-control. I am often given the task of making recommendations to support these students’ needs. Upon researching the topic, I came across three research-based programs that aim to help children improve these kinds of social-emotional …

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15 Ideas to Build a Child’s Self-Esteem

In Behavior Strategies, Educators, Parents, Social-Emotional, Sponsored Posts by Rachel Wise

1) Children should not be torn down before they have a chance to fly. Be kind to them. Compliment them. Let them know when you are proud and when they are doing well! Refrain from insulting, sarcastic, condescending, or passive aggressive remarks. 2) Children deserve to be heard (they have concerns which feel very real to them just like we …