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Self Regulation, Yoga and Preschoolers

A recent yearlong study was published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies on 29 children ages 3-5 to evaluate the effectiveness of mindfulness-based yoga intervention on self-regulation skills.  Sixteen of the preschoolers participated in a mindful yoga intervention group taught by the classroom teacher.  Parent reports and assessments were completed on children’s self-regulation (i.e., […]

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Using Mobile Technology to Calm Children?

JAMA Pediatrics has published research on a survey given to English or Spanish speaking parents of 144 healthy children ages 15-36 months.  The survey questions inquired about the likelihood of allowing smartphone or tablet use by children during different situations, such as calming them down, keeping them quiet, while eating, in public, to get chores […]

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3 Simple Mandalas to Color to Help Relieve Stress – Free!

Mandala means “circle” or “center.” Coloring mandalas can help to encourage relaxation, relieve stress, facilitate creativity and balance the body.  Here are three simple mandalas to color to help to calm the body.  They are perfect to add to a quiet corner or calm down kit in the classroom. Check out Yoga Cards at http://yourtherapysource.com/yogacards.html […]

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Self Regulation, Cognitive Abilities and Motor Disabilities

Research in Developmental Disabilities published research on secondary and post-secondary student with congenital motor disabilities.  By examining a task of throwing a ball at a target, data was collected on self-regulatory aspects (i.e., goal-setting, self-efficacy and self-evaluation). Participants were divided into four subgroups: 1.) normal cognitive development and mild physical disabilities 2.)normal cognitive development and […]

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Listen for The Code Movement Game

Purpose: Encourage listening skills, following motor commands, self regulation skills and left right directions. Materials: small object i.e. toy car, small doll, etc. Activity: Before you start establish what the movement pattern will be.  Try to write it down so the children can refer to it if necessary.  For example a pattern could be the […]

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3 Group Games to Help with Self-Regulation Skills

More and more research indicates that children with strong self regulation skills in preschool and kindergarten do significantly better on math, reading and vocabulary skills.  In addition, children who lack self regulation exhibit excessive weight gain.   Below are 3 group games to help children develop self regulation skills.  These activities work great for indoor recess […]

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Physical Activity, Self-Regulation, and Preschoolers

Early Education and Development recently published research on whether active play during recess was associated with self-regulation and academic achievement in preschoolers.  Fifty one children were assessed on self-regulation, active play, and early academic achievement. The results indicated the following: 1.  higher active play was associated with better self-regulation, which in turn was associated with […]

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Free Self Calming Deep Breathing Activity

Here is a free self calming deep breathing activity.  Print and cut out the deep breathing cards.  The child can take 4 deep breaths trying to breath in through the nose (smelling the flowers) and out through the mouth (blowing out the candles).  You can print the activity at http://yourtherapysource.com/freecalmbreath.html [subscribe2]

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Parents Hopes for Outcomes in OT with an SI Approach

The American Journal of Occupational Therapy published research analyzing 275 parental responses to 3 questions on history intake forms regarding concerns and hopes for their children’s outcomes in OT with a sensory integration approach. The results indicated that parents had four types of concerns for their children: 1. self-regulation 2. interacting with peers 3. participating […]

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Free App to Help with Self Regulation, Deep Breathing and Motor Planning

Here is a nice FREE app for little ones who needs some guidance with self regulation and motor planning.  It is called Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame Street.    There are 5 different scenarios that include showing a monster getting frustrated with completing a skill.  The child has to tap, pop bubbles and more to […]