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10 Fun Research-Based Activities to Teach Your Child Letter Sounds

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

Research indicates the importance of teaching children phonics as a preliminary step for learning to read. Phonics is the relationship between letters and sounds as well as the understanding of how those sounds connect to form words. Research also suggests that systematic instruction which incorporates word play (manipulating letters/sounds in words to change the word), writing words, and using manipulatives such …

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Find Out Why I Tried These Visual/Hands-On Activities with My Students on the Autism Spectrum

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Educators, Parents, Reading Strategies by Rachel Wise

Working with children and adults on the autism spectrum for over 19 years, I have noticed a trend in the learning style of many of my students. They often do best with academic tasks that incorporate visual structure, have a clear beginning and ending, and have a reduced amount of visual clutter. Research supports the theory that building visual structure into tasks is an effective approach to …

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What Is Cyber School Like? 10 Facts About the K – 12 Experience

In Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Homeschool & Cyber School Info, Parents by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Have you ever wondered what cyber school is like? Working as an independent contractor school psychologist for grades K to 12, I work with a variety of types of schools, including charter schools, cyber schools (which may be run by a charter or district school), public schools, and private schools (secular and non-secular). My primary role is to evaluate students …

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3 Research-Based Reading Comprehension Strategies Parents Can Try at Home: Chunking. Monitoring, and Listening

In Educators, Parents, Reading, Reading Strategies by Rachel Wise

This article discusses how to use chunking, monitoring, and listening strategies to improve reading comprehension. What is Chunking?Chunking means to break up text that may be too long or difficult for a child, into manageable sections or “chunks.” Chunking helps students organize information, making it easier for them to pull information together for a better understanding of the main idea …

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Top Five Reasons for Behavior Problems in Kids

In Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Educators, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents by Rachel Wise

This article is meant to be helpful for any adult (teacher, parent, caregiver, etc.) who has a child with behavioral difficulties. Remember, there are no magic answers, and some kids may have challenging behavior no matter what strategies you use. However, most kids respond well to positive behavior strategies and these need to be your first step in trying to …

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How to Help Your Child with Writing Skills through Guided Writing

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Writing/Spelling, Writing/Spelling Strategies by Rachel Wise

This article explains how to help your child/student(s) develop writing skills through a research-based writing strategy called Guided Writing. While Guided Writing lessons are usually done with a small group of children in the classroom, parents can also utilize these strategies at home. It is very common for young children or children with learning or developmental disabilities to have trouble …

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15 Behavior Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

Versión en Español In this article you will find 15 supportive behavior strategies for children on the autism spectrum (some strategies can be used with adults as well). Many of the strategies can also be used to help children without autism who have challenging behaviors. When caring for or working with a child with autism, a parent, teacher, or other adult may become …

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How to Prevent Temper Tantrums by Changing the Way You Say No

In Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

It is often difficult for younger children to accept the word “no.” Older individuals with developmental or emotional disabilities may also have difficulty accepting the word “no.” The word ”no” often leads to temper tantrums, arguing, and/or pleading. When your three-year-old daughter old asks you for more candy after she already had a piece and you say “no” she may …

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3 Ways to Use Timers to Encourage Homework and Chore Completion

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

Sometimes getting children to do chores or complete homework can be a challenging task for the adults in their lives. Timers are an excellent way to motivate your child or student(s) to complete tasks and follow directions. Research and reputable resources consistently indicate the benefits of using timers with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). …

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A Story to Teach Kids to Calmly Respond to the Word No

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Fun Ideas, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Social Stories, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

If you have read my articles on positive behavior support, you know that I am not a big fan of simply using the word “no” when it comes to telling kids what they can’t have. Research and my own experiences show that telling kids what they can have instead, empathizing with their feelings, offering choices, and explaining the reason for …

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Find Out How to Protect Children with Autism Who May Wander Away

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Parents by Rachel Wise

http://nationalautismassociation.org/docs/BigRedSafetyToolkit.pdfMany parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) report that their children often place themselves in danger by wandering off, or “eloping.” Adults with autism are also at risk; as well as individuals with intellectual disabilities or Alzheimers. Individuals who have not wandered off before may still be at risk. According to a study “Occurrence and Family Impact of Elopement in …

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Effective Behavior Strategies Cheat Sheet!

In ADHD, Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

Print an Enlarged Version Here! or Click on the Image to Enlarge! Contact us if you have any problems viewing an Enlarged Version of this image. We have so many more behavior strategies at educationandbehavior.com! If you found this helpful, please share it! Rachel WiseRachel Wise is a certified school psychologist and licensed behavior specialist with a Master’s Degree in …

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5 Great Music Videos About Science for Kids: K to 3rd Grade

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Inspirational Stories/Videos, Parents by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Music is such an amazing teaching tool. It helps keep the learner engaged and is a great way to get concepts in grained in memory. There are so many amazing learning music videos on Youtube. Here are five great science songs, excellent for early elementary school kids. These songs even have my two year old interested in science. Once you …

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5 Fun Scientific Art Projects for Kids

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Hands-on Activities, Parents by Rachel Wise2 Comments

Just like all of us, kids want to feel happy and interested while they are learning. Hands-on activities, where children are creating, moving, and problem solving are wonderful for keeping kids engaged and involved. Science and art are two great ways to create hands-on activities! Interacting with kids in a positive way also helps to build bonds, practice social skills, and learn life lessons. …

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10 Great Educational Songs for Kids: 1st to 3rd Grade

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Math Strategies, Parents, Reading Strategies by Rachel Wise4 Comments

Music is a great way to get kids excited about learning and help them remember what they learn. A catchy tune with easy to remember lyrics will leave a lasting impression, helping to in-grain educational concepts into a child’s memory. Have fun watching these videos with your child or students. Once they have learned the songs, enjoy singing them any …

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How to Help Your Child with Handwriting and Pencil Grip

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Writing/Spelling, Writing/Spelling Strategies by Rachel Wise

When learning to write, some children have difficulty developing an effective pencil grip. Holding a pencil with the right grip and appropriate amount of strength can make a big difference in a child’s handwriting. Parents and teachers can use strategies to help children improve the strength in their hands, how they hold their pencil, and the overall appearance of their handwriting. A …

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How to Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Reading Comprehension, Writing, Listening, Note Taking, and Study Skills

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Reading Strategies, Study Skills, Writing/Spelling, Writing/Spelling Strategies by Rachel Wise

A graphic organizer provides learners with a visual representation of information, concepts, or ideas. Graphic organizers are often used to help children understand what they are reading or to organize information in order to report it, such as through writing or an oral presentation like a speech. Graphic organizers can also be used to take notes while listening to a …