5 Steps to Promote Social Interaction for Young Children

When a child with a disability participates in an inclusive setting, social competence is foundational for peer relationships and learning.  Teachers and therapists need effective, evidence-based strategies to facilitate social skills.  Here are 5 steps to promote social interaction for young children.

5 Steps to Promote Social Interaction for Young Children One of the goals of early childhood education is to encourage social interaction and communication among the children.  When a child with a disability participates in an inclusive setting, social competence is foundational for peer relationships and learning.  Inclusive classrooms are an excellent location to begin […]

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Manual Dexterity and Cognitive Functioning in Children

Manual Dexterity and Cognitive Functioning in Children

Manual Dexterity and Cognitive Functioning in Children Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published research examining the relationship of manual dexterity and cognitive functioning in children after neonatal arterial ischemic stroke regardless of a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. The participants included 60 children with a past history of neonatal arterial ischemic stroke without epilepsy.  Fifteen children had a […]

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Air Drawing Brain Break Freebie

Air Drawing Brain Break Freebie

Air Drawing Brain Break Freebie Do you need a quick brain break activity?  This air drawing brain break addresses so many skills and requires NO PREP.  Just print (download at the end of the post) and start moving.  Or don’t even print, show it on the projection screen in the classroom for a whole class […]

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Predictive Power of Executive Functions, Visual-Motor Coordination and Physical Fitness on later academic achievement

Predictive Power of Executive Functions, Visual-Motor Coordination and Physical Fitness on Later Academic Achievement

Predictive Power of Executive Functions, Visual-Motor Coordination and Physical Fitness on Later Academic Achievement Are you concerned when you see young children enter kindergarten who may not be ready?  The concern is usually for a good reason.  When children do not arrive with school readiness skills it can affect later academic achievement.  Human Movement Science […]

How to Help a Child During a Meltdown

How to Help a Child During a Meltdown

How to Help a Child During a Meltdown Have you ever experienced a child when they start to spiral out of control? Maybe it is out of frustration, lack of self-regulation, increased anger or they are experiencing overload but regardless of the reason it can be difficult to calm that child down. Perhaps you try […]

How to Increase Engagement in Motor Skill Stations

How to Increase Engagement in Motor Skill Stations

How to Increase Engagement in Motor Skill Stations Do you create motor skill stations to provide movement opportunities at your school?  Do you struggle with what activities to use to increase engagement in motor skill stations?  It can be difficult to create motor skill stations that students engage with long enough to make gains in motor skill […]

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Multisensory Alphabet Freebie

Multisensory Alphabet Freebie

Multisensory Alphabet Freebie Teaching children to learn all the letters of the alphabet is not an easy task.  Research indicates that children need visual, auditory, oral and kinesthetic input to achieve letter recognition. This multisensory alphabet freebie provides all of that input on one NO PREP activity sheet (download at the bottom of the post).  Just […]