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Does Research Show That Exercise Helps Kids with Autism & ADHD?

Does Research Show That Exercise Helps Kids with Autism & ADHD?

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Experts at Michigan State University have demonstrated that kids with ADHD have better focus and are less distracted after a 20 minute exercise session. Matthew Pontifex, assistant professor of kinesiology at Michigan State University, and lead researcher for the study said: “This provides some very early evidence that exercise might be a tool in our nonpharmaceutical treatmentContinue Reading

Responsive Classroom: Evidenced-Based Approach Improves Academics & Behavior

Responsive Classroom: Evidenced-Based Approach Improves Academics & Behavior

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What is Responsive Classroom? Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to teaching elementary and middle school students. Responsive Classroom stresses the importance of fusing social-emotional learning with academic learning to create the optimal environment for success. Research finds that the Responsive Classroom approach is associated with higher math and reading achievement, an improved school climate,Continue Reading

Theatre Teacher Shares Three Techniques to Increase Empathy in Students

Theatre Teacher Shares Three Techniques to Increase Empathy in Students

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As a theatre teacher and teacher educator, I believe empathy is central to building a respectful, caring, and compassionate community. Scholarly work on empathy reveals that empathy must be explicitly taught and practiced. In clinical psychologist Baron-Cohen’s book, Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty and Kindness (2012), he identifies two typesContinue Reading

Top 5 Reasons Why Physical Education is As Important As Schoolwork

Top 5 Reasons Why Physical Education is As Important As Schoolwork

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Many schools are now motivating students to maintain a balance between their school work and physical education. Physical education is an essential part of healthy living for people of all age groups, especially those going to school. This is because school life is full of stress and anxiety at every stage. Several Researches have provedContinue Reading

3 Effective Research-Based Bullying Intervention Programs

3 Effective Research-Based Bullying Intervention Programs

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In my elementary and middle school years, I was a target for bullying and endured severe bullying from 5th through 9th grade. My confidence was not strong, my family was different from the average kid’s family in my school district, and I dressed a lot differently than the other girls in my school, due toContinue Reading

9 Methods to Teach Toileting to Individuals on the Autism Spectrum (and to those with other developmental disabilities)

9 Methods to Teach Toileting to Individuals on the Autism Spectrum (and to those with other developmental disabilities)

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(Español) This article reviews available research on toilet training for individuals on the autism spectrum as well as those with other developmental disabilities. Programs commonly used when toilet training people within these populations are often modeled after the methods of psychologists R. M. Fox and N. H. Azrin. Some researchers have indicated that there are prerequisites toContinue Reading

I Am Going to the Dentist (A Story to Prepare Children for Dental Appointments)

I Am Going to the Dentist (A Story to Prepare Children for Dental Appointments)

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Below you will find a social story about going to the dentist, to help children prepare for check-ups/appointments. Social stories are a research-based tool used to help children prepare for real-life events. They can help ease anxiety or set expectations for behavior in certain situations. Social stories are often used for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), anxiety disorders,Continue Reading

A Social Story to Prepare Children for Doctor’s Appointments

A Social Story to Prepare Children for Doctor’s Appointments

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Below you will find a social story about going to the doctor, to help children prepare for check-ups/appointments. Social stories are a research-based tool used to help children prepare for real-life events. They can help ease anxiety or set expectations for behavior in certain situations. Social stories are often used for children with autism spectrum disordersContinue Reading

5 Great Books to Teach Young Children About Empathy

5 Great Books to Teach Young Children About Empathy

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As a behavior specialist and mobile therapist, I always loved using books to teach kids about a variety of social-emotional skills such as how to understand your feelings, how to be a friend, how to accept differences, how to develop empathy, how to solve a problem, how to be a good citizen, etc. Research alsoContinue Reading

Does Research Say that Weighted Vests & Blankets Help People with Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety?

Does Research Say that Weighted Vests & Blankets Help People with Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety?

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Working in public schools for over 10 years, I frequently saw occupational therapists utilizing weighted vests with students diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder.(ASD). When I asked about the purpose of the vests, I was told that they have a calming effect because they give the wearer a sense ofContinue Reading