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5 Fun Sensory Learning Activities With Pumpkins

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5 Fun Sensory Learning Activities With Pumpkins

Kids with sensory challenges experience the world in a unique way.    Whether kids feel uncomfortable with touching sticky stuff, are grossed out by experiencing new textures or are simply frightened by the thought of an unfamiliar activity, fall is a great season to include pumpkins in some sensory fun  and learning .

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Self-Regulation: The Key to Managing Behavior

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Self-Regulation:  The Key to Managing Behavior

But how does this happen? How do individuals learn to manage their own behaviors when professionals often can’t even do it?

The answer lies in a skill known as Self-Regulation. 

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What is SEL? 15 Books and Activities That Really Help

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What is SEL? 15 Books and Activities That Really Help

Have you heard the term Social Emotional Learning, or SEL recently and thought, what is social emotional learning and why does it matter?

Social Emotional Learning, or SEL, is the process by which children and adults learn to build relationships, identify and manage their own emotions, learn empathy and how to take the perspective of others, and to make good choices in their daily lives. But SEL is more than just learning the skills of social behavior, i.e. the “what”; it is also about learning the “why” of these behaviors. How we teach students becomes just as important as what we teach.

In this blog post, we will discuss experiences with SEL, SEL and Children, SEL and Adults, and why this is such an important topic. As an added bonus, we will be including books and activities that will assist you in implementing social emotional learning in the classroom.

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Gratitude is Grand: Tips for Helping Your Child Feel Thankful

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By Elizabeth A. Sautter, M.A., CCC-SLPAuthor of Make Social Learning Stick! Gratitude is on the front burner around Thanksgiving, but it’s a mindset worth fostering year round.  UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center reports that gratitude plays a major role in adult well-being and that grateful young adolescents (ages 11–13) are happier, more optimistic, and more satisfied with school, friends, and family than their less grateful peers.  Likewise, grateful teens (ages 14–19) are more satisfied with their lives, more engaged in schoolwork and hobbies, and less envious, depressed, and materialistic than teens who feel less thankful. The time to help your child cultivate gratitude...

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Promoting Skills for Emotion Regulation

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Promoting Skills for Emotion Regulation

When children experience high levels of stress and anxiety, it can lead to a number of unwanted outcomes, including explosive behavior.

High levels of stress and big emotions related to poor social negotiation skills, difficult educational demands, upsetting sensory issues, and general frustration are more common than you might think.

According to the 2018 Data and Statistics on Children's Mental Health by the Center for Disease Control, anxiety is still one of the most frequent of all mental disorders in children.

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