Stages of Creativity: Why Some Kids are “Blocked” from the 4 Stages of Creativity Education

Stages of Creativity: Why Some Kids are “Blocked” from the 4 Stages of Creativity This article provides helpful information about the stages of creativity and how it can support or hinder a child’s learning ability. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. When thinking about creativity, most people tend to think about it as a fluid thing with no structure, but that is the joy...

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Sensory Modulation: Your Child’s Extreme Emotional Reaction to Unwanted Sensory Information Sensory

Sensory Modulation: Your Child’s Extreme Emotional Reaction to Unwanted Sensory Information This article provides helpful information about sensory modulation and how it affects behavior and attention in the classroom. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. We discuss sensory processing a lot at our center because it is important to understand the entire operation of this complex human process so parents, teachers and educators can...

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Hand Grip: Weak Hands? Weak Body? Why Kids and Millennials are Losing their Grip Fine Motor

Hand Grip: Weak Hands? Weak Body? Why Kids and Millennials are Losing their Grip This article provides helpful information regarding the necessity of strong hand grip and the affect it has on a child’s learning and emotional development. Swipe, click, flash, tap! Those all too familiar sounds that have become part of our daily lives and the lives of our children. Cell phones, computers, video games,...

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Calming Strategies for Anxious Children Emotional Grounding

Calming Strategies for Anxious Children This article provides helpful calming strategies to help anxious children. Affiliate links are included for your convenience.  Many times small children are more prone to tantrums and meltdowns because they are in the middle of developing their language skills and have a hard time saying how they feel, what they are thinking and what they want. Usually tantrums decrease after...

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Bean Bags: The Best Bean Bags for Sensory, Motor Planning and Visual Motor Skills

The Best Bean Bags for Sensory, Proprioception, Motor Planning and Visual Motor This article provides helpful tips on what bean bags to choose for your child’s learning development. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. When parents first come to our center, they are often surprised to find their child can’t do simple activities, especially those using their gross motor skills. I sometimes hear how...

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Raising Responsible Kids Parent's Corner

Raising Responsible Kids Integrated Learning Strategies is excited to feature raising responsible children in this guest post by Christine Hill. While many of the recommendations below are great for select children and parents, some accommodations or exceptions may be made for children with learning challenges and learning disabilities. Have you ever worried that your kids won’t be able to deal with the challenges of independent life? How...

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Breathing Exercises for Sensory Defensive Kids Sensory

Breathing Exercises for Sensory Defensive Kids This article provides helpful breathing exercises for children that struggle with sensory defensiveness, anxiety, panic attacks and hyperventilation. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. Over the years, as an advocate for children with learning disabilities and sensory issues, I have heard many stories from parents about what works and what doesn’t for their child. To help and direct...

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Fidgety Children: Alternative Classroom Seating for Wiggle Worms in the Classroom Education

Fidgety Children: Alternative Classroom Seating for Wiggle Worms in the Classroom This article provides helpful resources for fidgety children in the classroom. Affiliate links are included for your convenience.  Imagine it – a room that’s buzzing with activity and engagement, a class full of kids who feel that their needs are being heard and respected, and a teacher who is actually able to spend time...

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Jumping Toys: Toys to Help Your Child Learn how to Jump Motor Skills

Toys to Help Your Child Learn how to Jump This article provides helpful jumping toys to improve your child’s proprioception and gross motor development. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. Jumping may not seem like an important developmental milestone for children, but it’s one of the activities children need for better gross motor strength, proprioception, motor planning, balance and core muscle. Without this development, your...

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Anxious Behavior: Hyperventilation and Fight or Flight linked to Anxiety in Children Emotional Grounding

Anxious Behavior: Hyperventilation and Fight or Flight linked to Anxiety in Children This article provides information to help children with anxious behavior, anxiety, meltdowns, fight or flight and hyperventilation. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. Anxiety is a normal element of childhood, and every child will go through different phases and different stressors that are manifested through nervousness and anxious behavior. Sometimes, however, a...

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