Visual Skills: The 3 R’s that Detect Visual Perception Deficiencies – Recognition, Reading Comprehension and Retention

Visual Skills: The 3 R’s that Detect Visual Perception Deficiencies – Recognition, Reading Comprehension and Retention This article provides information to help parents determine if their child is experiencing issues with their visual skills. As you may have already read in previous articles, vision is more than seeing clearly and having 20/20 eyesight. This…

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Hygiene: Fun Activities to Teach Kids Personal Hygiene

Hygiene: Fun Activities to Teach Kids Personal Hygiene Guest Post Christine Hill Integrated Learning Strategies is excited to feature kids hygiene with guest blogger Christine Hill While many of the recommendations below are great for children and parents, some accommodations or exceptions may be made for children with learning challenges and learning disabilities. As your child…

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Homework Tips: How To Make Your Kid’s Homework Go From Bad To Excellent

Homework Tips: How To Make Your Kid’s Homework Go From Bad To Excellent Integrated Learning Strategies is excited to feature homework tips in this guest post. While many of the recommendations below are great for children and parents, some accommodations or exceptions may be made for children with learning challenges and learning disabilities. When…

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Cleaning Tips: How to Make Your House Easier to Clean When You Have Kids

Cleaning Tips: How to Make Your House Easier to Clean When You Have Kids Guest Post Maurine Anderson Integrated Learning Strategies is excited to feature cleaning tips with guest blogger Maurine Anderson. While many of the recommendations below are great for children and parents, some accommodations or exceptions may be made for children with learning challenges…

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Corpus Callosum: Your Child’s Superhighway for Connecting the Emotional and Logical Sides of the Brain for Better Learning

Corpus Callosum: Your Child’s Superhighway for Connecting the Emotional and Logical Sides of the Brain for Better Learning This article provides helpful information for strengthening your child’s corpus callosum to encourage better learning development. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. Most people know that music is a good thing in a child’s life,…

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Visual System: Lack of Visual Development Creates Poor Visual Perception Skills

Visual System: Lack of Visual Development Creates Poor Visual Perception Skills This article provides a helpful introduction to your child’s visual system. Additional articles will be included in this series. Affiliate links are below for your convenience. Most of what we learn, especially in the classroom, is through our visual system. Educators from every…

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Making Sure Your Kids Are Cared For Should the Worst Happen

Making Sure Your Kids Are Cared For Should the Worst Happen Guest Post Maurine Dashney Integrated Learning Strategies is excited to feature care for kids when emergencies happen with guest blogger Maurine Dashney. While many of the recommendations below are great for children and parents, some accommodations or exceptions may be made for children with…

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Essay Writing: Simple Ways To Help Your Child Improve Their Essay Writing

Essay Writing: Simple Ways To Help Your Child Improve Their Essay Writing Integrated Learning Strategies is excited to feature tips for essay writing. While many of the recommendations below are great for children and parents, some accommodations or exceptions may be made for children with learning challenges and learning disabilities. Essay writing is a…

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Why Balance? How Does it Facilitate Attention, Focus, and Higher Learning?

Why Balance? How Does it Facilitate Attention, Focus, and Higher Learning? This article provides helpful information regarding the importance of balance and how it correlates with learning in the classroom. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. The first sensory system to fully develop in your child is the vestibular system when they are…

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Homework: How to Make Homework Fun

Homework: How to Make Homework Fun Guest Post Darci Maxwell Integrated Learning Strategies is excited to feature homework tips with guest blogger Darci Maxwell. While many of the recommendations below are great for children and parents, some accommodations or exceptions may be made for children with learning challenges and learning disabilities. Chances are your kids…

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Exam Stress: How to Help Your Children Cope With Exam Stress

Exam Stress: How to Help Your Children Cope With Exam Stress Integrated Learning Strategies is excited to feature tips that help children cope with exam stress. While many of the recommendations below are great for children and parents, some accommodations or exceptions may be made for children with learning challenges and learning disabilities. Exams are…

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Road Trips: How to Prevent Sensory Overload on Family Road Trips

Road Trips: How to Prevent Sensory Overload on Family Road Trips This article provides helpful information for preventing sensory overload on family road trips. Affiliate links are included for your convenience.  Road trips were always an adventure when I was little because in my family there were 10 of us with my mom and…

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Sensory Garden: Why Gardening Helps Emotional Grounding and Sensory Integration

Sensory Garden: Why Gardening Helps Emotional Grounding and Sensory Integration This article provides helpful information on how a sensory garden can help a child’s sensory seeking behavior. Affiliate links are included for your convenience.  When I was growing up, my mother planted and cultivated a vegetable garden. Some of my favorite memories include helping…

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Heavy Work Activities: Heavy Work Prevents Proprioceptive Dysfunction and Fosters Proprioceptive Success

Heavy Work Activities: Heavy Work Prevents Proprioceptive Dysfunction and Fosters Proprioceptive Success This article provides heavy work activities for proprioceptive input to enhance learning and attention in the classroom. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. Proprioception is the strange sense that is overall an unconscious understanding of where our bodies are in relation…

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Fox 13’s The Place: Find out why chewing on things could help kids focus in school

Fox 13’s The Place: Find out why chewing on things could help kids focus in school We’re having a great time with Fox 13’s The Place talking about oral sensory activities to help sensory sensitive children “awaken” their oral receptors for underdeveloped sensory systems, proprioception, and speech and language. Children with underdeveloped oral sensory motor tend to crave…

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Bilateral Integration: Stages of Bilateral Integration for Reading, Tracking, Writing and Crossing the Midline

Bilateral Integration: Stages of Bilateral Integration for Reading, Tracking, Writing and Crossing the Midline This article provides helpful information for developing your child’s bilateral integration. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. As your child grows from a toddler to a small child, it’s fun to watch them reach developmental milestones that prepare them…

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Proprioceptive Dysfunction Causes Sensory Seeking and Sensory Avoiding Behavior

Proprioceptive Dysfunction Causes Sensory Seeking and Sensory Avoiding Behavior This article provides helpful information for proprioceptive dysfunction and how if affects your child’s learning. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. Have you seen the recent commercial for the new Lincoln? The commercial displays a grid completely surrounding the car and it describes how…

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Hard Work: How to Teach Your Kids the Importance of Hard Work

Hard Work: How to Teach Your Kids the Importance of Hard Work Guest Post Alek Sabin Integrated Learning Strategies is excited to feature hard work with guest blogger Alek Sabin. While many of the recommendations below are great for children and parents, some accommodations or exceptions may be made for children with learning challenges and…

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Ocular Motor: Best Ocular Motor Development Toys for Reading and Handwriting

Ocular Motor: Best Ocular Motor Development Toys for Reading and Handwriting This article provides recommendations for activities and toys that help a child’s ocular motor skills and visual planning. Affiliate links are included for your convenience.  Developing your child’s ocular motor skills and visual tracking is critical for their reading and writing development. It…

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Auditory Processing: How to Recognize an Auditory Processing Disorder in my Child

Auditory Processing: How to Recognize an Auditory Processing Disorder in my Child This post contains information regarding Auditory Processing Disorders and what to watch for in your child. Many parents and educators have a hard time recognizing the signs and symptoms of an Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) in their child or students. Oftentimes parents or teachers…

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Sleep Tips: How to (Actually) Get Your Child to Sleep

Sleep Tips: How to (Actually) Get Your Child to Sleep Guest Post Kyle Anderson Integrated Learning Strategies is excited to feature sleep tips with guest blogger Kyle Anderson. While many of the recommendations below are great for children and parents, some accommodations or exceptions may be made for children with learning challenges and learning disabilities.…

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Gender Equality: How to Foster Gender Equality with Your Child at Home

Gender Equality: How to Foster Gender Equality with Your Child at Home Guest Post Aimee King Integrated Learning Strategies is excited to feature gender equality with guest blogger Aimee King. While many of the recommendations below are great for children and parents, some accommodations or exceptions may be made for children with learning challenges and learning…

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Fine Motor: 15 Top Fine Motor Tools for Handwriting and Pencil Grip

Fine Motor: 15 Top Fine Motor Tools for Handwriting and Pencil Grip This article provides tools and resources to help your child develop their fine motor skills for handwriting and pencil grip. Affiliate links are provided for your convenience. There are many children with or without learning challenges who struggle with fine motor development,…

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Reticular Activating System: Why Your Child’s Internal “Alarm Clock” is Causing Fidgeting and Sensory Seeking Behavior

Reticular Activating System: Why Your Child’s Internal “Alarm Clock” is Causing Fidgeting and Sensory Seeking Behavior This article provides information regarding the Reticular Activating System that impacts your child’s vestibular system and attention and focus. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. Do you ever find yourself at a conference or seminar where you…

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Scooter Boards for Vestibular Input: What to Add to Your Sensory Room

Scooter Boards for Vestibular Input: What to Add to Your Sensory Room This article contains information on the importance of scooter boards for vestibular and sensory integration. Affiliate links are provided for your convenience. There is no doubt how much kids love scooters, especially those that come to our center. Scooters are great for…

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Types of Memory: Working Memory Tied to Your Child’s Intelligence

Types of Memory: Working Memory Tied to Your Child’s Intelligence This article provides information on the types of memory your child needs for higher learning. Affiliate links are included for your convenience.  After waking up one morning, I glanced at my wedding ring. The symbol of my undying love was looking rather dull and probably…

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Resistance Bands: Brain-Building Stretchy Band Exercises for Sensory Integration, Motor Planning and Crossing the Midline

Resistance Bands: Brain-Building Stretchy Band Exercises for Sensory Integration, Motor Planning and Crossing the Midline This article provides home-based brain-building activities with resistance bands that can help your child with sensory integration, motor planning and other learning benefits. Affiliate links are provided for your convenience. When working with children who have learning disorders, attention…

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Postural Reflexes: Lack of Postural Development Creates Poor Balance, Coordination, Fine Motor Skills and Motor Planning

Postural Reflexes: Lack of Postural Development Creates Poor Balance, Coordination, Fine Motor Skills and Motor Planning This article contains information about Postural reflexes and how they affect your child’s development. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. The Central Nervous System (CNS) is the center of thinking and controls most functions of the body and…

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Special needs children: 5 ways to help their physical literacy flourish

Special needs children: 5 ways to help their physical literacy flourish Guest Post Jennifer Pinarski Edmonton’s Amanda Ebert is an adapted physical activity consultant at University of Alberta’s Steadward Centre. Her best days at work are those in which she uncovers inaccuracies.“My favourite is when assumptions are challenged and proven wrong,” says Ebert. “These…

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Top to Bottom Brain-Building Exercises for Organization and Emotional Grounding

Top to Bottom Brain-Building Exercises for Organization and Emotional Grounding This article contains exercises for helping your child with emotional grounding and organization. Affiliate links are included for your convenience.  Many children who have learning challenges sometimes struggle with organization, emotional grounding, difficulties with behavior and high-anxiety. There are even those students who are…

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Vestibular and Hand-eye Coordination Toys for Easter

Vestibular and Hand-eye Coordination Toys for Easter Easter is one of the best holidays for providing your child with toys to help them learn. Many of these items can improve your child’s vestibular, gross motor skills, tactile, sensory, proprioception and hand-eye coordination. As we improve your child’s balance and coordination, focus and attention, visual…

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Hidden Allergies: Cause for Disruptive Behavior, Sensory Issues and Poor Retention?

Hidden Allergies: Cause for Disruptive Behavior, Sensory Issues and Poor Retention? This article contains information regarding allergies and how they may affect learning and behavior. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. The number of children diagnosed with learning and behavioral disorders astounds me. According to Healthline 6.4 million American children have been diagnosed…

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Perfectionism: Why Children with Learning Challenges Struggle with Perfectionism

Perfectionism: Why Children with Learning Challenges Struggle with Perfectionism In today’s society where high-stakes standardized testing, academic success, athletic prowess and excelling in the arts have become the bar for success, perfectionism is often seen as a desirable trait in a child. Sadly, perfectionism can be destructive to a child’s self-esteem, frustrating for family…

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Math plus movement equals better learning for kids

Math plus movement equals better learning for kids Guest Post Jaime Neefs Instead of memorizing multiplication tables and languages the old fashioned way, CBC news reports that Dutch researchers have discovered that adding a little physical activity in the classroom can go a long way to improving math and spelling abilities. Activities as simple as running…

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Calming Clipper: Why my Sensory Sensitive Child Hates Haircuts

Calming Clipper: Why my Sensory Sensitive Child Hates Haircuts This article contains information on how to use the Calming Clipper to help sensory sensitive children with haircuts. Affiliate links are included for your convenience.  For those of you with sensory kids, you know what a nightmare it can be when the time comes to take them in…

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Musical Skipper: Improving your Child’s Timing, Rhythm and Vestibular for Learning

Musical Skipper: Improving your Child’s Timing, Rhythm and Vestibular for Learning This article contains information about the Musical Skipper to help develop your child’s timing and rhythm. Affiliate links are provided for your convenience. As previously discussed in “Timing, Rhythm and the Brain: Why Timing Affects Learning,” we now have a better understanding of how…

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Timing, Rhythm and the Brain: Why Timing Affects Learning

Timing, Rhythm and the Brain: Why Timing Affects Learning This article discusses the importance timing and rhythm has on learning and the brain. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. I love watching little kids dance. It’s wonderful whether they’re dancing to the beat of their own drum, taking the time to listen to the…

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Movement Therapy: Not the only “Miracle Program” – What’s the Missing Puzzle Piece for Academic Success?

Movement Therapy: Not the only “Miracle Program” – What’s the Missing Puzzle Piece for Academic Success? This post contains information regarding the benefits of music and movement therapy for children with learning challenges. Affiliate links are included for your convenience.  Children do not come in perfect, orderly little packages. They come with diversity, spontaneity, energy…

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Hand-eye Coordination: How Hand-eye Coordination Helps Early Readers

Hand-eye Coordination: How Hand-eye Coordination Helps Early Readers This article contains information regarding hand-eye coordination and it’s importance for reading and writing. Affiliate links are included for your convenience.  Hand-eye coordination is one of the most important parts of the learning process. It helps your child track the movements of their hands with their eyes, which is…

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Tummy Time: Learning Delays that could Result from Lack of Tummy Time

Tummy Time: Learning Delays that could Result from Lack of Tummy Time This article contains information regarding the importance of tummy time in your child’s development. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. I have four kids. Over the last seven years I have gone from the overly paranoid, blow everything out of proportion type…

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9 Essential Life Skills to Teach Your Kids

9 Essential Life Skills to Teach Your Kids Guest Post: Andy Andersen Integrated Learning Strategies is excited to feature life skills with guest blogger Andy Andersen. While many of the recommendations below are great for children and parents, some accommodations or exceptions may be made for children with learning challenges and learning disabilities. Every…

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Oral Sensitivities: Why My Child Chews on Pencils and Sucks on Clothing

Oral Sensitivities: Why My Child Chews on Pencils and Sucks on Clothing This post contains information regarding oral sensitivities and oral defensiveness. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. When my son was younger, Sensory Processing and Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) were almost unheard of so when he would come home with chewed up…

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Learning Styles: Why “One Size Fits All” Doesn’t Work

Learning Styles: Why “One Size Fits All” Doesn’t Work I am sure many of you have read or heard about the “5 love languages.” I have done my own share of research on this topic and found it fascinating that each person has their own love language in both the way they show love and…

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Antioxidants: How they Improve Information Processing, Attention and Retention

Antioxidants: Improves Attention, Information Processing and Retention Antioxidants. The word sounds healthy, right? It’s definitely one of those nutrients you’ve heard you’re supposed to include in your diet. However, the why might be a little less clear. They’re brought up when talking about reducing the risks of cancer and studies have begun to show…

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Primitive Reflexes: Why a Retained Spinal Galant Reflex is Mistaken for ADHD

Primitive Reflexes: Why a Retained Spinal Galant Reflex is Mistaken for ADHD This article contains information regarding a retained Spinal Galant Reflex. When I first began tutoring children and helping kids with learning challenges 20 years ago, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) seemed to be the common diagnosis for almost every learning challenge. If your…

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Children with poor physical literacy struggle as adults

Guest Blog Post AFL Team Children with poor physical literacy struggle as adults Children who never learn to read or write become adults who can’t read or write. Should we be surprised that children who never develop movement skills become inactive, uncoordinated adults? A recent CBC story and news video suggests that children’s movement…

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Sensory Processing: Why is Disciplining my Sensory Child so Hard?

Sensory Processing: Why is Disciplining my Sensory Child so Hard? This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  We love our kids with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). They give us interesting perspectives on life. And they’re our kids; how could we do anything but love them? But, let’s be honest, sometimes it’s downright hard.…

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Brain-Building Valentines Activities: Midline Crossing, Fine Motor, Vestibular, Visual Planning

Brain-Building Valentines Activities: Midline Crossing, Fine Motor, Vestibular, Visual Planning This post contains fun Valentines activities to help with your child’s learning development. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. Holidays create some of the best opportunities for learning development and learning activities. Of course, Valentines Day is no exception. As you know, we…

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What is Your Dream Sensory Room?

What is Your Dream Sensory Room? If you had all the money in the world, which sensory room would you choose? Integrated Learning Strategies is a Utah-based center dedicated to helping mainstream children and children with learning disabilities achieve academic success. Our services provide kids with non-traditional tutoring programs within the Davis County, Kaysville,…

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