Archive for the ‘Behavior’ Category

An Incredible Self-Regulation Tool for Early Childhood Students!

Once I saw the strategies, the visuals, the stories, and of course the dolls that represent a variety of emotions, I was SOLD!!! You may have heard of Conscious Discipline.  The curriculum that I am highlighting today is part of the same concepts developed and taught by Dr. Becky Bailey.  The kit I show you is a delightful program for our youngest students teaching self-regulation to not only the students […]

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Brain Break: Two Strategies to Give Your Students a Break!

If you enjoyed my video on “Palming” as a stress reliever, then you are going to enjoy two more strategies that you can add to your SEL bag of tricks! Take a look! You can learn more about the information that Dr. Lori Desautels has to offer on her site, revelationsineducation.com You will find a wealth of information and resources.   Dr. Desautels is an assistant professor at Butler University and was […]

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A Numbers Rainbow: Multi-Sensory Ideas for Math!

You asked for a video on multi-sensory math ideas, so here it is!  You know as well as I do that so much of math is language. Plus if you can get your students to remember both the language concepts and the visual cues to help make numbers in math more memorable by finding ways to have students see math, hear math and touch math then….. Why not?!!! 🙂 Take a look […]

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A Multi-Sensory Rainbow Alphabet

If you’ve got students who can’t seem to remember their letters, perhaps they’re telling you they need something more.  Perhaps they need something that can tap into any and all modalities that they need to learn. If so, then you are going to want to know about the Rainbow Alphabet.  You’re going to ask, “Does it work because the students can visualize the different letters better?”  Or you might ask, “Does it […]

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Palming for Calming: A Social Emotional Strategy for Young Children!

If you haven’t noticed, SEL or Social Emotional Learning is a fairly new buzzword in education today. Thank goodness!!!  Many school districts are educating the whole child with Social Emotional education instead of just focusing on academics. With all the new brain research, so many people are finding ways to teach children to understand and regulate their emotions.  This is not only a plus for academics, but a plus for the emotional well-being […]

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Children’s Literature for Students with Disabilities Who Worry!

As you know, I love children’s literature!  I know we have students who will sometimes connect better through a story than through personal contact with others.  One of my students on the autism spectrum lost his grandmother.  He was very close to her, spent tons of time doing things with her and he knew she understood him.  When she died, he told his parents it was like in the movie, […]

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Chewelry Options for Our Student Who Have Oral Sensory Needs!

When you have a student who ruins a t-shirt a week or someone who can’t leave your classroom pencils and marker caps alone, you need options! Options that are discreet and as “chew proof” as possible is what you need.  I’ve found some really fun choices to show you!  Take a look! Even if these options help redirect students to meet their oral sensory needs in a more socially acceptable way, at least […]

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Autism Heroes! There is a Book for That!

We have done many sessions of peer awareness in our schools to help typical peers better understand their classmates with autism. It is sometimes challenging to find good examples of those people throughout our history who not only find the benefits of being on the autism spectrum, but then use that special wiring to achieve amazing things in the world. I’ve discovered a children’s book for the elementary student who would enjoy […]

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Two Materials to Promote Mindfulness with Young Children!

I love the fact that many people here in the states and in other countries are talking about mental heath. The stigma surrounding mental health is starting to diminish thanks to the efforts of people in the public eye talking about their own struggles with things like depression and anxiety. Consider this quote from the Dalai Lama: “If every 8 year old is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world […]

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Keep CALM and Carry On with This APP to Help You Face the Stress of Caring!

Have you eve heard of bedtime stories for adults? Neither had I until I saw an ad on TV for an app to help people de-stress.  Bedtime stories for adults….  Intriguing! I’m thinking, is this something like adult coloring books that are designed to help you relax?  Right after I saw the ad on TV, one of the counselors in our district sent out an email recommending this app to help […]

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