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“REAL Learning, the kind that establishes meaningful connections for the brain, starts with MOVEMENT!” (Carla Hannaford).Movement includes all functions of the motor cortex, including (but not limited to) gross motor and fine motor function, visual function, and speaking. In response to a stimulus, the brain creates a context for experience to understand sensory input. Learning is not complete until there is some output, physical or personal expression of thought. We all know kids NEED to Move! Movement is not just important, it is essential to learning. Without sufficient arousal, children may be “unavailable” to learn.


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Flexible Seating Arrangements

Offering students flexible seating options can help enhance the learning environment. Changing position and posture helps in arousal of “ready to learn” areas of the brain. It helps to promote creativity and productivity. This is a concept applicable to all age levels K-12 and beyond. Let’s take a look at Google and Apple, clearly world leaders in creativity, productivity, ingenuity. Why not model our future off those who are living it…..

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Calming Corner

A Calming corner is a “safe space” to “reset” or calm ones self. It can be customized to the need of the classroom or individual. It can included areas to express emotion or use methods to create a calm environment. In the presence of stress, fear or frustration neural messages to the brain trigger your sympathetic system (the fight or flight response). This shuts down incoming sensory information that doesn’t directly relate to survival. No learning or memory occurs in this state. Thinking is fuzzy and creativity is at a minimum.

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Self Calming

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Self Calming Strategies

All people, children included, experience stress. When we are stressed, our body functions in “survival mode”, which limits our brain function to only things necessary for survival. This inhibits learning and retention. There are some simple strategies to manage stressors throughout the school day as well as some strategies to redirect or even avoid. With a few simple activities, we can get back to a “ready to learn” state.

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Tantrum vs. Meltdown

Children can’t be the best version of themselves at all times (quite honestly, none of us can). But what is the difference between throwing a “temper tantrum” because they are not getting what they want versus being so overstimulated that they are unable to think or function?


Take A Moment

If you have a second to spare, we promise it will be worth it to watch the TED talk below from Sir Ken Robinson. If the message resonates, then you are in the right place. Let’s connect and talk about how we can change the world together…

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Meet Crystal

Doctor, Mom and Advocate for Children's Health and Well Being

My Favorite PT

My name is Crystal and I work hard to make Physical Therapy FUN and engaging. I have been a practicing Doctor of Physical Therapy for 12 years (although the kids guess my age to be anywhere from 8 to 80 years old!). My wholistic view on health is centered around providing the tools, resources and sometimes unconventional approaches that will truly impact and improve the lives of everyone around me. I have a wide range of experience and environments including professional athletes, dancers, Broadway performers, hospitals, children’s hospitals, post surgical, manual therapy, schools (of course) and many other settings I have been lucky enough to a part of as well.

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