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Early Childhood Development

How Screen Time Impacts Sensory Development in Toddlers under 2

New research highlights the relationship between early screen exposure and atypical sensory behaviors in toddlers. Screen Times Lasting Effects on Child Brain Development  Recent research from Drexel’s College of Medicine shows how exposure to screen-time can lead to sensory processing challenges, attention, and executive function skills. Bab gaze into screens, often develop sensory sensitivities – like getting easily bored or reacting strongly to loud sounds. Sensory processing, comes challenging behaviors. Sensory Seeking: Sensory sensitivities Why It Matters: Sensory skills are crucial for a child’s success. Sensitive or have challenges processing stimulation functioning well, it could impact how they communicate, behave, and… Read More »How Screen Time Impacts Sensory Development in Toddlers under 2

How Can We Keep Children Motivated to Learn?

Motivation is a vital component of student engagement and learning. When students are motivated, they are more likely to be engaged in the learning process, retain information, and perform better academically. In this blog post, we will explore the science of motivation as it relates to student engagement and learning. Motivation can be classified into two broad categories: intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is the drive that comes from within the student. It is the desire to learn and achieve for its own sake. Extrinsic motivation, on the other hand, comes from outside factors such as rewards, punishment,… Read More »How Can We Keep Children Motivated to Learn?

Tackling California’s Literacy Crisis: The Science of Reading and Evidence-Based Instruction

Literacy is a Civil Right In 1997, to address the literacy crisis, congress along with the NICHD and the U.S. Dept of Education appointed a National Reading Panel made up of 14 educators and scientists to evaluate existing research and evidence to find the best ways of teaching children to read. The NRP concluded their research and submitted their final report on April 13, 2000. Over 20 years ago, the federal government released an extensive review of research that took place over decades by the National Reading Panel (NRP). The federal government The NRP published a 449 page review of the… Read More »Tackling California’s Literacy Crisis: The Science of Reading and Evidence-Based Instruction

Understanding the Development of a Child’s Brain

The development of a child’s brain architecture provides the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health. Brains are built, from the bottom up. A child’s brain is rapidly developing during the first few years of life, and experiences during this time can shape the structure and function of their brain. Positive experiences, such as responsive caregiving, play, and stimulating environments, can promote healthy brain development, while negative experiences, such as neglect or abuse, can harm it. Cognitive, emotional, and social capacities are all intertwined and build upon past experiences throughout the life course. Toxic stress (trauma) weakens the architecture… Read More »Understanding the Development of a Child’s Brain

5 Tricks to End a Tantrum with Behavioral Science

1. Stay calm & model self-control. When you remain composed, you help your child regulate their emotions. 2. Acknowledge your child’s feelings and validate them. Show empathy and understanding by saying things like “I understand you’re upset” or “I know this is hard for you”. 3. Use distraction techniques 4. Give your child choices to help them feel empowered and in control. 5. Use positive reinforcement

The Importance of Staying Up to Date on the Science of Learning

Staying up to date with the latest research in psychology and neuroscience is crucial for educators who want to provide the best possible education for their students. By using the latest findings to inform our teaching, we can create more effective strategies and better address the needs of our students. Here’s why… Better understanding of student behavior By staying up to date with the latest research, we can gain a better understanding of how our students think and behave. This knowledge can help us create more effective teaching strategies and address challenging behaviors in the classroom. Improved teaching techniques The… Read More »The Importance of Staying Up to Date on the Science of Learning

Abraham Maslow Influence

Abraham Maslow emphasized the interconnected nature of learning and life, as well as the significance of determination and purpose for personal happiness. Maslow emphasized the link between happiness and engaging in meaningful work that one considers important. He believed that people flourish when they are working effectively toward goals they value. Additionally, Maslow emphasized the importance of self-awareness in effecting personal change and attributed negative behavior to reactions to stress, pain, or unmet fundamental human needs such as security, love, and self-esteem. This underscores the idea that addressing these needs is crucial for fostering positive behavior and well-being.  “The only… Read More »Abraham Maslow Influence

How YOUR Communication Skills Affects Your Relationship With Your Child

Better communication from parents leads to better relationships between parents & children. As parents & educators, we know how it feels when our feelings are diregarded. Many of us get frusterated or discouraged when the people we care about dont pay attention to us when we’re talking to them. We instill this message into children from a young age by teaching them not to interupt when some one is speaking. Unfortunately, most of us are not the best role model for teaching this skill by example. “With the right words and care, you can inspire your children to think for… Read More »How YOUR Communication Skills Affects Your Relationship With Your Child