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Lion Breathing

Melt stress and tension from your face

Jamie Marich, Ph.D.

For all the time we spend stretching our body, how often do we pause to stretch our face? With Lion Breathing you can quickly and easily relieve stress and tension by stretching your face.

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How Does the Brain with Autism Work?

Cara Marker Daily, PhD

Understanding the brain with autism is quite complex, as it is with understanding the brain of any individual, whether that individual is neurotypical or not. The more we know about the brain, the more we will know what interventions are the most effective in working with ASD.

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How to Navigate a Sensory World with an Autism Diagnosis

Mary C. Hamrick, MA, CCC-SLP, Tara Delaney, MS, OTR/L

When children with Autism learn to navigate their sensory world and understand that a simple touch on the shoulder is not a threat, they are better able to reach out socially.

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Sensory-Friendly Theatre: Making the big screen accessible to all

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The experience of seeing a show, whether on the big screen or the big stage, can be particularly challenging for those who struggle with sensory processing. Thankfully, performers and venues across the nation are taking notice and offering sensory-friendly shows.

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Positive Power: A strategy for behavioral challenges in children

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Getting a child to follow directions can be difficult. But getting a child with oppositional, defiant or disruptive behavior to follow directions is a full time job. If you work with children that have challenging behaviors, try this easy-to-use Positive Power strategy presented by PESI speaker Jennifer Wilke-Deaton, MA, LPA.

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Ha Kriya: A breathwork exercise

The leading voice in the children's yoga and mindfulness community, Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RCYT, presents her favorite way to empower the children she works with. This segment will show you how to prepare a child for challenging tasks using our most powerful tool: breath.

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3 Meditative Techniques for Self-Regulation

Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L

With the help of children with and without autism, award-winning author and self-regulation expert Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L, has created a collection of interventions that can be used to help any child get calm and stay calm. Here are some fun methods to help achieve calm attention.

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The Vocabulary of Reading

Lynne Kenney, PsyD.

No one can ever prepare a parent for the confusion that comes when their child appears to learn in a different way from other children. And sometimes, we forget that parents of our students may also be struggling to understand how to help their child. Read more and download a helpful worksheet for parents: The Vocabulary of Reading.

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3 Specific Rules for Managing ADHD

Russell Barkley, Ph.D.

The CDC reports that 6.4 million children in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD. As the prevalence of the diagnosis continues to rise, it's important to have tools and strategies at the ready for managing ADHD in school.

Here are three classroom rules that are easy to implement and follow...

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Bessel van der Kolk's Trauma Treatment Discovery

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For 40 years, as both a researcher and a clinician, Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., has studied those living with trauma. Among them were soldiers, torture victims, child abuse survivors, and many others. What has he determined after years of research?

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