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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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Integrating Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex: An exercise for children with learning disabilities

Kathy Johnson, MS Ed.

Do you work with clients struggling with learning disabilities? It could be from a retained reflex.

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Does Sugar Mimic or Increase ADHD Symptoms?

Debra Burdick, LCSWR, BCN

Have a cranky, irritable, and unmotivated child or teen that cannot concentrate well? Perhaps sugar-loaded foods are to blame!

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5 Tips for Public Speaking with a Stutter

Marilee Fini, MA, CCC-SLP

If you were to ask someone what they’re afraid of, you’re likely to hear some common answers: spiders, snakes, heights, and public speaking. But for those who stutter, the fear of public speaking can be amplified by their anxiety about stuttering. Get 5 tips for helping your client get more comfortable with public speaking.

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