Sensory Processing, Part 2: Sensory materials, now what?

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So, now you know each student’s sensory preferences and aversions.  What do I do with this knowledge?  Help your students make a list of the items and strategies that will help them.  I recommend making a sensory kit for the classroom.  You can set this up as one large classroom kit or small individual kits… Read more »

Sensory Processing, Part 1: Now what’s wrong?

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So here we are.  A new school year has started.  Everyone has begun settling into the routine of school and your classroom management except for that one student who just can’t seem to sit still or appears to be “too sensitive to everything”.  This is the student that is constantly out of his/her seat, fidgeting… Read more »

Books and Pets: Increase Reading Achievement with the Help of Your Furry Friend

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Many children today have demonstrated a difficulty with not only the fundamentals of reading but the overall reading achievement itself.  If this sounds like your child, I’m sure you have faced a considerable amount of time and frustration trying to help, teach, and motivate your child to read.  Like most parents, you may have experienced… Read more »

Tips for School Psychologists: Warning Signs of Mistreatment at Home

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The statistics on children who have been mistreated are heartbreaking. According to recent research, one in 10 youngsters have experienced some form of maltreatment. Educators and school faculty members are in a unique position to recognize and respond to signs of child abuse, neglect and mistreatment. There may be outward physical signs. But there also… Read more »

Tips for School Psychologists: Understanding the Early Warning Signs of Bullying

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Bullying causes severe emotional harm, and can destroy a child’s self-esteem and mental health. Whether it is verbal, physical or relational, bullying has equally devastating long-term results. Recent reports confirm that bullying is starting at increasingly younger ages and is more frequent and aggressive than ever before. Every day, 160,000 children skip school because they… Read more »