Teachers often ask for suggestions regarding speaking with parents about a child’s challenging behavior. They state they do not feel well received when they try to do this.  Teachers indicate they frequently hear a version of this response from parents, “You are picking on my child/ You do not like my child.” I respond with, “Tell me what you have done prior to this interaction to build a relationshi...

In a previous blog post, it was stated that Sensory Modulation Disorder can be divided into three subcategories, Sensory Over-Responsivity, Sensory Under-Responsivity, and Sensory Craving.  In this, the final blog post regarding Sensory Processing Disorder, the topic of Sensory Craving will be discussed.

A child who is sensory craving, also sometimes referred to as sensory seeking, seems to require muc...

A story I often tell is about a visit to a Pre-K classroom a few years ago.  The children were coming in from the playground, washing hands and then sitting on the carpet for large group time.  Two girls washed their hands, headed to the rug and sat down for a calm, quiet chat.  A few minutes later, three boys arrived or better said, the WWF (World Wrestling Federation)!  Open space, no teachers…the p...

If you add up the number of hours children spend  in the classroom over the course of a year, you will see that this environment is a predominate location for children. To support the social emotional growth and identity of children, it is important to have their values reflected in the learning environment.  The following are ways to support and promote student values and build a caring community wit...

Within Sensory Processing Disorder there are subcategories, with one of these being Sensory Modulation Disorder. This subcategory can be further divided into three additional categories: Sensory Over-Responsivity, Sensory Under-Responsivity, and Sensory Craving. Characteristics of and supports for Sensory Over-Responsivity were discussed in a previous blog post. Today’s post will address one of the mo...

During a session I presented on positive guidance, participants were asked to write down words that described life in the world we live in today. The responses described life to be complex, distracting, fast-moving, and stressful. The conclusion was drawn that if this is the way the world is for us now, it will only be more so for our children. As educators and as parents, we do not want our children...

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1st-3rd grade educators worked together to learn engaging ways to develop number sense. Students will develop fact fluency while playing games that use their number sense strategies. By learning their facts in this way, students are not merely memorizing, but rather learning to work with numbers flexibly.  “Low achievers are often low achievers not because they know less but because they don’t use numbers flexibly – they have been set on the wrong path, often from an early age, of trying to memorize methods instead of interacting with numbers flexibly.” Jo Boaler,  Stanford University, 2009

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