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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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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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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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5 Best Selling Oral-Motor Sensory Toys of 2019

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Parents, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Many school-aged children with learning and behavioral needs, have benefited from the use of a therapeutic tool known as a “chewy” and similar oral-motor sensory tools. A “chewy” is a cylinder-shaped piece of rubber tubing, which is placed in the mouth and sucked or chewed on. When a child utilizes a sensory tool like a “chewy,” it appears to have …

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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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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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Engaging Social Studies Curriculum Shows Promise for Improving Social Skills in Students with Emotional and Behavioral Needs

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

Storypath offers a structure for organizing the social studies curriculum and an instructional strategy for teaching it. The strategy is based on the belief that children learn best when they are active participants in their own learning. When students have to create, role-play, come up with ideas, problem-solve, etc., they learn the material from the inside out. The structure and …

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Hands-on Curriculum Brings Science and Social Studies to Life for K-12 Students

In Educational Games and Programs, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Hands-on Activities, Special Education by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Disclaimer: educationandbehavior.com has no affiliation with the TCI K-12 Publishing Company. As the author of this article, I am passionate about hands-on learning and multi-sensory approaches, two major components of TCI curriculums. Therefore, I wanted to share TCI with educators who may be interested in incorporating a hands-on/active learning approach to their social studies and science classes. Teachers’ Curriculum Institute …

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How Does Minecraft: Education Edition Work? Is It Good for Students?

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Special Education by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

We are all aware of the negative consequences associated with too much screen time; and it is imperative that screen time is monitored, and utilized in moderation. However, I also believe in using children’s interests to pull them into learning, a practice supported by research. When students are interested in what they are doing, the learning doesn’t feel forced, and …

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What is Sensory Processing Disorder & Sensory Integration Therapy?

In Autism, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Different-Abilities/Screening Tools, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Special Education by Rachel Wise

People with typically functioning sensory systems learn to tolerate stimulation through their senses in many different ways. They also learn how to use the information they receive through their senses to control themselves and their movements and interact with the world around them. For example, just as our eyes detect visual information and relay that information to the brain for …

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When Should a Child Be Evaluated for an Emotional Disturbance in School?

In Anxiety/Depression, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Different-Abilities/Screening Tools, Educators, Parents, Social-Emotional, Special Education by Rachel Wise

The information in this article applies to public schools in the United States. If your child attends school in a different type of setting, talk to your child’s school to see what they recommend for children with behavioral and/or social-emotional needs. What is Emotional Disturbance? Emotional Disturbance (ED) is considered one of the 14 disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) …