To celebrate the 2015 ASHA Better Hearing and Speech Month in May, Speech Language Literacy Lab has partnered with 30 professionals from various fields to share tons of free resources and ideas across discipline about School Based Innovation and Response to Intervention (RTI). See the end of the post for all the great ideas!
School based therapists can easily help with Response to Intervention plans by suggesting brain breaks in the classrooms. Many students participate in RTI to help with academic skills and behavior management. An evidence based intervention that can assist with reaching these goals is movement breaks in the classroom. Research has shown that 5-20 minute movement breaks in the classroom can positively effect the following:
cognitive skills including executive function, attention span, memory skills and verbal comprehension
academic achievement on test scores
attitude changes in motivation and self concept
on task behaviors
In addition, research has also indicated that students can retain information longer when gestures are used to learn the material.
Why not suggest some simple brain breaks to get children ready to learn? Need ideas – check out Your Therapy Source Brain Breaks at http://yourtherapysource.com/brainbreaks.html. In a hurry and need some right now? Download some of these free printables:
Need to explain to teachers why movement in the classroom is so important? Download theMovement in the Classroom handout at http://yourtherapysource.com/wwh1free.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The association between school based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2010.
Crawford, Judy. Young students jog, jump and dance to retain what they learn. Retrieved from the Medical Express on the web on 1/25/2014 at http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-young-students-retain.html#nwlt
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