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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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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. This helps address a variety of learning styles. Some children learn best by hearing, some by seeing, some by doing, and others need multiple types of input to learn a concept. Playing board games allows …

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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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Calling Parents About Students’ “Misbehavior” in School

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

Many times parents are bombarded with phone calls and meetings from the school about how their child is behaving. While it is highly important for a parent to impress upon their child the importance of education, following adult directions, being respectful, and learning all they can to be a knowledgeable well-rounded individual; there is only so much a parent can …

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Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work? What Does the Research Say?

In Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Parents, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy has become increasingly popular with therapists and the general public. Surveys completed by therapists indicate that CBT is quickly becoming the preferred method of treatment many clinicians utilize with their patients.  Additionally, individuals can utilize CBT self-help books to practice these techniques on their own, and this is becoming a popular trend. CBT is organized in a structured …

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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 Stories, 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 …