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Why Hands-On Learning is So Beneficial to Our Children

In Autism, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Learning Disabilities, Parents, Special Education by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

As humans, we naturally like to move and use our hands! Do you ever notice yourself moving a part of your body (shaking your leg, biting your lip, playing with your fingers, touching your hair) or touching something in your environment (a soft couch, the tv remote, a cup, a fidget toy, a blanket, your phone). We also like to …

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Individual on the Autism Spectrum Shares Perspective About Stimming, Sensory Overload & More!

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Counselors, Educators, Parents by Anonymous Anonymous

The information below is posted with permission from an anonymous individual on the autism spectrum! We would love more than anything to credit the author by name; however, he/she requested anonymity! “Do you remember the moment you first heard the word autism? I do. It was February 3, 2004. That was when my mother decided to tell me I was …

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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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Cyberbullying – Information & Prevention Tips for Parents & Teachers

In Bullying, Counselors, Educators, Parents by Emily Andrews

Bullies and meanies have been around since forever. If you were young before the internet came about, you know that most bullying happened in person. Bullies tormented other kids during recess, at the bus stop, in the hallway, or cafeteria. However, the bullying generally stopped once a child got home. The house was a safe place and a haven that …

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3 Therapeutic Benefits of Beading for Children

In Counselors, Educators, Parents, Social-Emotional, Special Education by Rachel Shai

The art of beading is about so much more than creating beautiful pieces of jewelry or home décor. In addition to being an enjoyable hobby that is appropriate for people of all ages, beading has therapeutic benefits. Bead therapy is used in hospitals, clinics and other settings to help both kids and adults in numerous ways. While crafts like beading …

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Info About ADHD and Tips to Manage Symptoms in Children and Adolscents

In ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Counselors, Educators, Parents, Special Education by Sarah Toler

You’ve likely heard of ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. If you’re the parent of a school-aged child, it’s worth learning more about. ADHD is so common that if your child doesn’t have it, they will have a friend or classmate who does. ADHD can make it difficult for a child to control their impulses. They also may be fidgety, …

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How Leveled Reading Systems Work

In Educators, Reading by Tiffani

Like everything in early childhood, the ability to read doesn’t come all at once. With reading, children need to wiggle before they crawl, crawl before they walk and walk before they run — figuratively, that is. It’s natural to expect children around the same age to have similar reading skills, but the truth is that the ability to read comes …

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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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Research-Based Program ‘Reading Eggs’ Helps Kids Improve Basic Reading Skills and Reading Comprehension

In Educational Games and Programs, Educators, Learning Programs, Parents, Reading, Reading Strategies, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Reading Eggs is a research-based program, which can be used at home or in school, to help children improve their reading skills in the areas of word reading and comprehension. Reading Eggs is administered through the use of “easy to follow” online games and activities. This effective reading program makes learning to read fun, interactive, and rewarding for children ages 2–13. …

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Research-Based Program “Reading with TLC” Helps At-Risk Students Make Reading Gains

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Reading, Reading Strategies, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Reading with TLC offers research-based, clinically proven methods and materials. The program also provides professional development opportunities for those who teach phonemic awareness, phonics, speech production, and sight word acquisition. Reading with TLC can be used as an intervention program for students of all ages, including teenagers and adults. It can also be used as the core reading curriculum or …

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8 Highest-Rated Board Games to Practice Addition and Subtraction

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

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 board games allows for a fun, engaging experience that incorporates a multi-sensory approach. Here are eight fun low-cost math board games to teach and reinforce addition and subtraction. For students who are struggling …

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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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Does Increasing Physical Activity in School Lead to Improvements in Academic Achievement and Behavior?

In Behavior Strategies, Children's Health, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Free Advice, Social-Emotional, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Recently, one of our readers asked about the effects of physical activity on academic performance. Here is what the research says… The American Academy of Pediatrics (APA) analyzed 26 individual studies in December 2017, which all examined the impact of physical activity on academic performance and/or classroom behavior. Results indicated that if schools increase students’ physical activity, they can significantly …

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