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Behavior Problems in the Classroom? Research says increase physical activity!

Do you have behavior problems in the classroom? Recent research indicates that increasing physical activity may help.

Do you have behavior problems in the classroom? Recent research indicates that increasing physical activity may help.  Sounds easy right? Well, how much physical activity? What kind of physical activity? These are all important details that need to be looked at closer when we look at strategies for behavior problems in the classroom. Previous research […]

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One Simple Strategy to Improve Behavior and Increase Engagement

One Simple Strategy to Improve Behavior and Increase Engagement

One Simple Strategy to Improve Behavior and Increase Engagement Do you occasionally have students with noncompliant behaviors that negatively affect the learning environment? Most teachers, therapists, and school staff would answer yes to this question. There can be “bad days” for any student resulting in an unproductive learning atmosphere affecting a students’ ability to stay focused and […]

7 Features of Effective Classroom Rules

The Teacher Education and Special Education journal published a review of the literature on creating and managing effective classroom rules and behavior.  Teachers report that verbal disruptions, noncompliance, and being off-task are the most frequently observed challenging behaviors.   Ineffective classroom management changes the overall classroom environment, affecting students’ social and academic outcomes and teachers’ self-efficacy, attrition, and burnout.  Teachers […]

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Calm Down Cards

Here is the newest download from Your Therapy Source – Calm Down Cards.  This is a wonderful collection of photographs with calming phrases to help children to calm down.  You can download a free poster – Just Breathe. This set of Calm Down Cards includes 30 full size photographs with calming phrases (11″ by 8.5″ […]

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Sensory Based Problem Behaviors and Suggested Interventions

School based occupational and physical therapists play a key role in suggesting therapeutic interventions for students with sensory based behaviors.  It is our job to educate teachers, parents and students as to why a child’s behaviors may be sensory based and what sensory strategies can be used to help that child better navigate the educational […]

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30 Free or Low Cost Rewards for Pediatric Therapy

Sometimes students need some extra motivation to help them reach their goals in therapy.  I am sure you can relate to spending extra money on stickers, candy and trinkets to keep on hand to help with behavior management and motivation.   Here is a list of mostly free and a few low cost rewards to […]