A previous blog post provided a brief overview of sensory processing.  As mentioned in that post, everyone has “sensitivities” to various sensory inputs; it is when these sensitivities become so severe that they interfere with a person’s ability to engage in day to day activities that they are deemed to be a sensory processing disorder. 

This post will begin a discussion that will continue in...

Trillions of neural connections are formed in the early years of life which develop the foundation for future learning. Like the assembly of a home, the brain is built from the bottom up. The difference is that houses are eventually completed, but the brain is under constant construction. Executive Function skills are developed through this construction of neural connections. Executive Function allows...

Do you have children who exhibit the following behaviors?

  • Acting out

  • Aggression

  • Anxiety

  • Avoiding others

  • Withdrawn

  • Argumentative

  • Silliness

Believe it or not, all of these behaviors are possible indicators of stress in the classroom. In her book, Yoga for Children; 200+Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children, author L...

A conservative estimate regarding Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is that one in every 20 children is affected.  This number increases dramatically when speaking of children with Autism, whereby the number increases to at least nine out of ten children.  Yet, with numbers like these many people are unaware of SPD, the common characteristics, and most importantly, methods to support children who are...

Young children need executive functions every day beginning now and all throughout adulthood. Ellen Galinsky highlights seven essential skills that help children develop executive functions. I continue my focus on Galinsky’s skills this month by exploring skills two and three; perspective taking and communicating.

Next time you are having a challenging time with one of your students, ask yourself what...

As a coach who works primarily in prekindergarten classes, I frequently hear teachers praise children throughout the day by saying, “Good job.”  It usually brings a brief smile to a child’s face, but sometimes I’m not even sure the child or the class knows why they are receiving praise.  So, here is where I admit--- I am a recovering “good job” junkie.  I have to willfully refrain from letting the wor...

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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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