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December 2011 Blog Posts (8)


The results are in! Overwhelmingly, it's being reported that there is a positive link between fitness and good grades. Here are a few of the studies out there and the links to them.  If you need any more proof, here it is!

Researchers in Portugal found a link between physical fitness and better classroom…


Added by Rosie Simms on December 28, 2011 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Help for Struggling Readers with Sensory Needs

There are many resources, both in print and online, for struggling readers.  However, information and resources for sensory learners who are struggling readers are a bit more challenging to find.

Since we will always want to “teach to the strengths” of a child, it is important to know the child's learning style.  If the learning style of a particular child is not yet known, you might consider visiting…


Added by Joan M. Brennan on December 27, 2011 at 7:45pm — 8 Comments

Great Resources for Movement Ideas

Thanks to all of you who have been sending your comments and suggestions to my blog from t…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on December 21, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Feeling Like you Wish you Enjoyed the Holidays More than you do?

Forced, obligatory enjoyment can bring on a solid situation of holiday blues. Seriously, it is absolutely no fun to operate out of obligation, especially when everyone else seems to be either:


  1. thrilled to be there , or
  2. there out of obligation just like…

Added by Elaine Taylor-Klaus on December 19, 2011 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

New York Times says, "For Better Grades Try Gym Class"

I love it when we get confirmation from the media about what we, in the physical education and/or special needs field, have known for years. Movement…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on December 15, 2011 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

Movement Does a World of Good for Learning

Check out this great idea for helping kinesthetic learners practice spelling!

It's amazing how much movement affects learning. Standing can help many children focus better during class. Read…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on December 7, 2011 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

Two Strategies for Slowing Things Down: Breathe In & Notice What You Value

How did that happen? I mean, really, it's December already!


Ever notice that the faster life goes, the harder it is to remember, much less appreciate, what is happening in our lives?! Seriously, take a quick minute and check in with yourself: What did you have for dinner last night? What did you do for pleasure last weekend? When was the last time you had a really great laugh?


If you can answer all of these without delay, then give yourself a *gold…


Added by Elaine Taylor-Klaus on December 1, 2011 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

Therapy in the Natural Environment

For many years I gave workshops around the country training therapists who were newly employed in a school-based setting. One of the keys to this transition from a medical to an educational model involves the concept of seeing the child in his/her natural environment. As therapists trained in the medical profession, we…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on December 1, 2011 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

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