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The Adolescent Mind

During adolescence, our mind develops through repeated experiences together with our expectations, thoughts, and beliefs about our ability to act on the world.  Our beliefs become categorized into systems in our mind and lead to more automatic responses.  At this...

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Brush the Skin, Calm the Brain

The skin and the nervous system [the brain] both develop from the same tissue when the human body is developing inside the womb.  The ability of the skin to detect temperature, pressure, shape, and texture is directly linked to brain functioning.  Brushing the skin...

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Learning is Amazing

When was the last time you thought about thinking?  Do you ever think about how learning is possible?  Learning is kind of amazing, when you think about it. First of all, the process that permits learning to occur usually happens automatically with little conscious...

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Finger Coordination for Improved Writing

Children with fine motor challenges and inefficient printing, writing, or typing skills will benefit from variations of the following ideas that stimulate right and left brain activity leading to keen coordination and heightened focused attention:Finger Coordination...

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Movement Patterns Improve Your Brain

Movement patterns that incorporate left and right side activities, are especially valuable in working the right and left side of your brain.  Physical coordination and mental problem-solving has been shown to improve after movement pattern activities. Arm and Hand...

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Movement Helps The Brain

  The more complex the movement patterns, the more intricately the brain is able to perform.  These enriching experiences all help our children to become more nimble in both brain and body. Spatial Processing – Instruct your child to move their body up, down,...

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Movement is Necessary

Movement is necessary for learning to occur.  Don’t skip PE.  Don’t skip recess.  The body must act on the world around in order to receive the information that is necessary for learning to build on learning. The Body - Children must move!  When in the class, offer...

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White Bread And Ketchup

White bread and ketchup, again?  What do you do when your child just won’t eat?  Plenty. The taste of food and its texture is directly related to your child’s sense of touch.  Some children are super-sensitive to how things feel against their skin. Others are...

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Social Anxiety and the Unique Learner

Social anxiety in the unique learner can stem from several sources. Many of these causes are common among those who suffer from social anxiety. However, for the unique learner, being slightly out of step with the world around them can make…

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How Visual Motor Ability Develops

How Visual Motor Ability Develops Visual motor ability is a developmentally acquired skill. One of, perhaps, hundreds of triggers for visual motor control occurs at the time that the infant begins to support their own head upright and against gravity. The…

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How Learning Occurs

When was the last time you thought about thinking? Have you ever thought about how learning is possible? Learning is kind of amazing when you think about it. Though learning something may require varying amounts of effort, the process…

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Dealing With Stress to Prevent Burnout

The end of the school year is exciting – and exhausting. Teachers are often experiencing stress and burnout. It can be a very stressful time for teachers as they struggle to keep their students, and themselves, engaged. The students aren’t the only ones…

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