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Articles in Health & Wellness and Preschoolers

The Basics Movement to Close Achievement Gaps

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Beginning before birth, then extending through the early elementary years, the human brain is in a condition called “developmental plasticity.” Feelings of emotional security and experiences of back-and-forth interactions with other people affect how... Read full article

Building a Strong Foundation for Reading Success in Young Children

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As an educator that specializes in teaching students with learning differences I am often asked by parents of young children, “How can I ensure that my child will be a successful reader and speller?” While a number of factors play a role in this... Read full article

Constructive ways to help your young child manage and cope with their emotions during COVID-19

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COVID-19 is stressful. Fear and anxiety about any disease — let alone one that brings with it acute and indiscriminate illness, social isolation, financial strain and even job insecurity — can result in overpowering emotions in all of us. ... Read full article

Ice Skating Ponds in Massachusetts

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Grab your ice skates and visit one of these ice skating ponds in Massachusetts. Massachusetts' ice skating ponds are a great way to enjoy the outdoors during winter and introduce the next generation to Massachusetts' ice skating tradition.... Read full article

Top 5 Hiking Trails in Massachusetts

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Hiking is a great way for you and your kids to get some exercise while enjoying each other’s company in the great outdoors. Fortunately, Massachusetts offers countless hiking trails. ... Read full article

Understanding the Special Education Process and Feeling Positive About Support Received in a School

by Andrea Freeman and Tiffany Palenscar, Easterseals Massachusetts on

Each child learns differently, which may mean that additional support in school is needed in certain areas. If this is the case, your child’s teacher or a school administrator may discuss having your child evaluated for special education services wi... Read full article

Addressing Challenging Behavior and How it Relates to the IEP Process: A Reference Guide for Parents

by Dana Howell, Easterseals Massachusetts on

When you have a child with academic, social, or behavioral challenges, providing them with the correct supports can be an overwhelming and confusing process. How do you ensure that teachers and therapists effectively meet the needs of your child? For... Read full article

Knowing When You Should Request a Third Party Evaluation

by Paul Medeiros, Easterseals Massachusetts on

During the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) creation process, it is not unusual for a parent to disagree with a recommendation from one or more of the school’s team members. If a compromise cannot be reached, there is a risk that this difference ... Read full article

Transition Assessments- What are they? Why are they beneficial?

by Lizzette Grattan, Easterseals Massachusetts on

Transition Assessments are most commonly performed when a child has an IEP (Individual Education Plan) or a 504 plan. By Federal law the transition age begins at 16 years old but in the state of Massachusetts it begins at 14 years old. When student... Read full article

Boo-Boos, Bumps & Bruises

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While common, there are things one can do to minimize bruising after injury.... Read full article

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