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Brain Breaks and RTI

positive benefits of brain breaks from www.YourTHerapySource.com/blog1To celebrate the 2015 ASHA Better Hearing and Speech Month in May, Speech Language Literacy Lab has partnered with 30 professionals from various fields to share tons of free resources and ideas across discipline about School Based Innovation and Response to Intervention (RTI).  See the end of the post for all the great ideas!

School based therapists can easily help with Response to Intervention plans by suggesting brain breaks in the classrooms.  Many students participate in RTI to help with academic skills and behavior management.  An evidence based intervention that can assist with reaching these goals is movement breaks in the classroom.  Research has shown that 5-20 minute movement breaks in the classroom can positively effect the following:

  1. cognitive skills including executive function, attention span, memory skills and verbal comprehension
  2. academic achievement on test scores
  3. attitude changes in motivation and self concept
  4. on task behaviors
  5. organizational skills
  6. motor planning
  7. impulse control

In addition, research has also indicated that students can retain information longer when gestures are used to learn the material.

Why not suggest some simple brain breaks to get children ready to learn?  Need ideas – check out Your Therapy Source Brain Breaks at http://yourtherapysource.com/brainbreaks.html.  In a hurry and need some right now?  Download some of these free printables:

10 simple physical activities in the classroom from  http://yourtherapysource.com/10simple.html10 Simple Activities to Encourage Physical Activity in the Classroom at  http://yourtherapysource.com/10simple.html 

brain breaks task cards switcheroo fromhttp://yourtherapysource.com/freeswitcheroobrainbreaks.html Switcheroo Brain Breaks at http://yourtherapysource.com/freeswitcheroobrainbreaks.html

brain breaks from http://yourtherapysource.com/rollsomefunfree.htmlRoll Some Fun Brain Breaks at http://yourtherapysource.com/rollsomefunfree.html

Movement in the Classroom fromhttp://yourtherapysource.com/wwh1free.html Need to explain to teachers why movement in the classroom is so important?  Download the Movement in the Classroom handout at http://yourtherapysource.com/wwh1free.html

References:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The association between school based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2010.

Crawford, Judy. Young students jog, jump and dance to retain what they learn. Retrieved from the Medical Express on the web on 1/25/2014 at http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-young-students-retain.html#nwlt

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BLOGhoplogofrogHere is the information on all of the great posts for the blog hop.

5/1/2015 Kick Off to Better Hearing and Speech Month!

5/2/2015 RTI for the R sound! Badger State Speechy

5/3/2015 Response to Intervention in High School– A Journey from Abject Frustration to Collaboration and Student Success Stephen Charlton Guest blogs on Speech Language Literacy Lab

5/4/2015 Technology and RTI  Building Successful Lives Speech & Language

5/5/2015 Motor Groups and RTI Starfish Therapies

5/6/2015 Orton Gillingham Approach & RTI  Orton Gillingham Online Academy

5/7/2015 Evidenced-based writing that works for RTI & SPED SQWrite

5/8/2015 RTI/MTSS/SBLT…OMG!  Let’s Talk! with Whitneyslp

5/9/2015 RtI, but why?  Attitudes are everything!  Crazy Speech World

5/10/2015 Who Knew RTI Could be So Much Fun? (Artic RTI)    Consonantly Speaking

5/11/2015 Universal benchmarking for language to guide the RTI process in Pre-K and Kindergarten     Speech Language Literacy Lab

5/12/2015 Movement Breaks in the Classroom (Brain Breaks)   Your Therapy Source

5/13/2015 How to Write a Social Story   Blue Mango LLC

5/14/2015 Some Ideas on Objective Language Therapy    Language Fix

5/15/2015 Assistive Technology in the Classroom  OTMommy Needs Her Coffee

5/16/2015 Effective Tiered Early Literacy Instruction for Spanish-Speakers Bilingual Solutions Guest blog on Speech Language Literacy Lab

5/17/2015 Helping with Attention and Focus in the Classroom   The Pocket OT

5/18/2015 Vocabulary Instruction  Smart Speech Therapy, LLC

5/19/2015 An SLP’s Role in RtI: My Story Communication Station: Speech Therapy, PLLC

5/20/2015 Incorporating Motor Skills into Literacy Centers   MissJaimeOT

5/21/2015 The QUAD Profile: A Language Checklist  The Speech Dudes

5/22/2015 Resources on Culturally Relevant Interventions  Tier 1 Educational Coaching and Consulting

5/23/2015 Language Goals Galore: Converting Real Pictures to Coloring Pages  Really Color guest blog on Speech Language Literacy Lab

5/24/2015 Lesson Pix: The Newest Must-Have Resource in your Tx Toolbox Speech Language Literacy Lab

5/25/2015 AAC & core vocabulary instruction Kidz Learn Language

5/26/2015 An RtI Alternative Old School Speech

5/27/2015 Intensive Service Delivery Model for Pre-Schoolers   Speech Sprouts

5/28/2015 RTI Success with Spanish-speakers     Speech is Beautiful

5/30/2015 The Importance of Social Language (pragmatic) Skills guest post on Speech Sprouts

5/31/2015 Sarah Warchol guest posts on Speech Language Literacy Lab