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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

Evidence-Based Approach Improves Student Behavior & Engagement

Evidence-Based Approach Improves Student Behavior & Engagement

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Research indicates that when teachers use the 5-to-1 ratio approach in their classrooms, student behavior and engagement improves. What is the 5-to-1 Ratio? During the school day students and teachers share a number of interactions. For example, they discuss academic concepts and content and teachers provide feedback to students. Research supports the idea that havingContinue 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

Orton-Gillingham-An Instructional Approach to Teaching Students with Dyslexia

Orton-Gillingham-An Instructional Approach to Teaching Students with Dyslexia

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Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach mainly intended for use with individuals who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing associated with dyslexia. Dyslexia makes it difficult for a person to connect sounds to letters and/or blend combinations of letters quickly and fluently in reading. Dyslexia can effect phonemic awareness, the ability to hear and separate the smallestContinue Reading

Learn About the Water Cycle, Conflict Resolution & More through These Catchy Tunes

Learn About the Water Cycle, Conflict Resolution & More through These Catchy Tunes

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If you google that title phrase “Can Music Make Your Child Smarter,” you’ll get over 3 million links to articles, studies, and anecdotal evidence of how music affects the brains of both children and adults. Music is such a valuable learning tool.  Many teachers love using music to create a mood – calm music for whenContinue Reading

8 Major Principles of Positive Behavior Support

8 Major Principles of Positive Behavior Support

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While in graduate school for education and school psychology, I learned about the principles of positive behavior support, a research-based practice. At the time, I was working in a group home with individuals with a variety of emotional and behavioral needs. I knew this was the perfect setting to implement my newly learned strategies. I immediately sawContinue Reading

Five Ways Musical Training Helps with Children’s Brain Development

Five Ways Musical Training Helps with Children’s Brain Development

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Music engagement is an excellent way to encourage brain development in children. Music has the ability to activate many different areas of the brain at once, such as areas associated with language, memory, hearing, and areas used to process sensory information. Additionally, music is also adored by children all over the globe, therefore making itContinue Reading

23 Time Management Tips to Increase Productivity  in Teenage Students with ADHD

23 Time Management Tips to Increase Productivity in Teenage Students with ADHD

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My primary goal is to make things easier for students. There are many obstacles students face when studying. I’m trying to simplify their lives by giving them helpful tips. One day, an idea to write an article for students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) came to mind. A family member of mine named “John” struggles withContinue Reading

Five Helpful Fidget Tools for Kids with Autism & ADHD! (Fidgeting Improves Focus)

Five Helpful Fidget Tools for Kids with Autism & ADHD! (Fidgeting Improves Focus)

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A recent study on ADHD indicates that fidgeting actually improves, not hinders, focus. Maybe it is time to stop telling our kids to “sit still” or “stop playing with that.” Speaking from personal experience, I know that I actually focus better on verbal input when my hands or feet are moving in some way. What about you?Continue Reading

Please Stop Saying ADHD Isn’t Real! Here’s Why!

Please Stop Saying ADHD Isn’t Real! Here’s Why!

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If you are not familiar with the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), below is an image of the the diagnostic criteria reported in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders-Fifth Edition (DSM-V), which is the manual utilized by doctors (i.e., psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians) to diagnose ADHD. After the image, I will discuss myContinue Reading