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Parent and Administrator Resources
Sharing an Imagination
We tend to think imaginations are only for the young! Yet sharing an imagination is essential across the ages for having a conversation, working in a team, creating new things, reading comprehension, peer play, social networking, and more.
Size of the Problem
Math is not the only activity that requires problem solving; we’re constantly problem solving socially when communicating with others, working in groups, doing homework, self-regulating, etc. Along the way, we encounter problems of different sizes that can cause negative emotions.
Flexible & Stuck Thinking
Flexible thinking is essential in the social world. Many things we do every day require it: interpreting what others are saying and doing, understanding humor, learning in a classroom, working with others, being an effective employee, etc.
Students are normally expected to figure out what they should be doing and, often, how they should do it. Social problem solving requires making educated guesses, or smart guesses, about what to do.
Expected & Unexpected Behavior
Social expectations become more complex with age. Michelle Garcia Winner and explore the hidden expectations that surround us whether we are 4 years old or 40!
Whole Body Listening
Whole body listening (WBL), first introduced by Susanne Poulette Truesdale (in Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1990, Vol. 21, 183-184) is a popular concept taught in schools to help students focus and actively listen with more than just their ears. WBL is essential for collaborative engagement, relationship development, and peer-based group work.
Body in the Group
When hanging out with peers, some of our students think they’re part of the group when in fact they’re many steps away. Where your body is relative to the group matters—it influences how others perceive you and your intentions, and ultimately their relationship with you.
The Group Plan
In this free webinar, Michelle Garcia Winner explores why this concept is essential to social interactions across ages and cultures, how to teach it to students, and what resources can help. The group plan is to be taught after your students understand and are using the first two concepts discussed in the webinars thoughts and feelings and thinking with your eyes.
Thinking with Your Eyes
In the second free 90 minute webinar, Michelle Garcia Winner provides examples of how to teach thinking with your eyes across age groups, and lessons and activities to expand your teaching of this concept. She also explores how digital devices may stifle the development of social competencies and how to motivate students to use their social attention when in the presence of others.
Social Anxiety: Breaking It Down to Build Up Social Competencies
Anxiety and stress are normal life experiences that we should all learn to manage as part of our life skills. One specific type of anxiety is social anxiety. If you have self-awareness then you’ve experienced social anxiety. When children learn to manage their social anxiety, it can help them collaborate with others and build relationships, core essentials for college and career readiness. In this webinar, learn how to break down social anxiety and get strategies to build up social competencies.
Demystifying Executive Functioning: Breaking It Down to Build Up Competencies Journeys
Gain a better understanding of executive functioning and the many ways it impacts academic performance, self-regulation, time management, and more.
Engineering and Science Challenge Cards for Children
Dyson engineers have designed these challenges specifically for children to encourage inquisitive young minds to get excited about engineering.
Find the Perfect Picture Book for Your Speech and Language Sessions
This resource helps SLPs and parents find books for children based on age, keywords, target sounds, and different language skills.
Movable Alphabet Printable
The moveable alphabet is a Montessori tool used to teach reading, spelling, and writing. There are multiples of each letter and each letter has its own compartment in a wooden box with vowels in blue and consonants in red.
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Writing Practice Plan with Links to Tutorials
This is a great interactive plan that allows children to learn about the different types of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, fragment and run-on sentences, commas, and commonly confused words.
Editing Checklist for Self- and Peer Editing
This Editing Checklist for Self- and Peer Editing from Read, Write, Think is a great resource for students to have to check their work with peers or parents
Suggested Questions for Insurance Companies
As a courtesy to our clients, we have compiled a list of questions that you may want to ask your
insurance company if you decide to seek insurance reimbursement.
7 Ways Audiobooks Benefit Students Who Struggle with Reading
Audiobooks allow students to hear explicit sounds of letters and letter patterns that form words. Audiobooks also help students engage in text and gain exposure to more words, ultimately improving vocabulary, comprehension and critical thinking skills.
Chrome Tools for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues
Chrome apps and extensions can be a big help for kids with learning and attention issues. (Extensions add functions to the Chrome web browser.) They can be used on Chromebooks or on any device with a Chrome browser. Explore these Chrome tools for reading, writing, and math.