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Sensory Rooms in Schools – Why They’re Needed & How to Build One

Multi-sensory rooms are areas that are established to help students calm down or refocus during the school day. These rooms contain various items that help relieve anxiety or overstimulation that may have occurred in the classroom. The goal of sensory room items is to allow children a break and have a pleasurable experience through special implements that relate to textures, lights, sounds, and smells.

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How to Help a Child with Anxiety in the Classroom

It is very common for young children to experience fears and sadness. However, when a child does not outgrow common fears or their worries start to interfere with school and daily life, they may be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Many children can often feel anxious about starting a new school, a new sports team, or participating in activities with other children. These children may experience symptoms of panic disorder, anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or have a phobia of a certain event or object.

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How Schools Are Improving Children’s Working Memory and Classroom Performance

Working memory is a key factor in learning and retaining information. It can be defined as stored information that is managed for a short period of time. We essentially hold on to specific information until we need to use it. The concept of working memory was discovered over 50 years ago. Serving as a key to learning, working memory contributes to tasks such as reading, problem-solving and navigation. Working memory is the part of the brain that monitors, coordinates, inputs, and decides what pieces of information to focus on. Researchers have found that when problem-solving and thinking, the prefrontal cortex increases inactivation. Working memory is certainly crucial in a school environment, as it is utilized by students on a daily basis. From figuring the meaning of a new word when reading a book to choosing which formula to apply to a math problem, working memory is certainly a necessary skill for academic success.

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How to Find the Right Clinical Fellowship in Speech Pathology

A clinical fellowship for an SLP is the period of time between academic schooling and practicing clinically. The purpose of a CF program is to apply the knowledge you have gained in the classroom to real patients in a clinical setting. All clinical fellowships are done under the supervision of a mentor who will help you hone in your skills as an SLP to assess, diagnose, treat, and evaluate students and patients.

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What is Assistive Technology for Special Education?

When working with children who have unique needs, it is important to always think outside of the box. What may work for one child may not be the right fit for another student and their individual needs. Sometimes when children are placed in the least restrictive classroom, it may be helpful to have an assistive technology evaluation done.

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