Fine Motor

Webinar: Handwriting is not in the hands – New evidence-based training

Tired of the same old approach? 

This webinar will revitalize your approach by offering fresh and evidence-based strategies to enhance handwriting instruction and unlock your students’ potential. 

You will learn unique insights into the brain functions involved in handwriting and short, clinically-validated activities you can do with your students.

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Child Development

Environmental Enrichment Helps Reverse the Effects of Adverse Childhood Events

Early adverse events, such as neglect or abuse, can profoundly affect a child’s developmental trajectory. These experiences can hinder the growth of essential social skills, leading to challenges in peer interaction and emotional regulation.

The research team from Kagawa University embarked on a study to explore the underlying mechanisms of these developmental disruptions and to evaluate the potential of Sensory Enrichment to mitigate these effects.

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Podcast: The Happy Sensory Corner of Special Ed.

Welcome to ‘The Happy Sensory Corner in Special Ed’ – the podcast where we explore the world of sensory enrichment and environmental enrichment in special education.

We interview experienced special education directors to learn from their successes (and from some of their failures too!) in solving the challenges of teaching students with special needs.

In each episode, we also share practical strategies, sensory enrichment protocols, and evidence-based practices that address specific areas, such as behavior regulation, self-awareness, social skills, learning abstract concepts, hyperactivity, etc.

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Service Dogs in ASD Families Reduce Symptoms by 13%, Easing Parental Anxiety

A landmark study published in PLOS ONE delves into the systemic effects of integrating service dogs into families with a child diagnosed with ASD. Using standardized scales like the Autism Behavior Inventory Short Form (ABI-S), they saw a notable decrease of 14 points (13%) in overall autism symptoms.

While the children’s overall anxiety did not see any significant changes, the parents did show a notable difference in their anxiety levels.

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Impact of Prenatal Stress and Postnatal Enrichment on Brain Development: Insights and Implications for Stress Management in School Children

In a groundbreaking study, researchers delved into the effects of prenatal stress, specifically noise stress, on the hippocampal region of female rat offspring. More importantly, they investigated how postnatal environmental enrichment can mitigate these effects. This research is not just a leap in neuroscience but also beams a ray of hope in understanding stress management in school children.

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Stroke Recovery: How a New Study Merges Medication with Environmental Enrichment for Enhanced Healing

Researchers used a combination of Cerebrolysin, a drug that promotes brain healing and growth, and environmental enrichment. The study suggests that the combination of Cerebrolysin and environmental enrichment was more effective in promoting recovery from stroke than either treatment alone. This synergistic effect points to the potential benefits of combining pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches in stroke rehabilitation.

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Environmental Enrichment prevents stroke-related brain damage by reducing ferroptosis

Imagine a world where strokes aren’t just treated but prevented. Recent studies suggest that Sensory Enrichment Therapy, inspired by research on animal environments, could be the key to mitigating the effects of stroke-related brain injuries. This therapy has shown promise in protecting our brain cells by reducing a harmful process called ferroptosis, which contributes to cell death during a stroke.

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