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Social-Emotional Apps for Special Ed

By Jayne Clare (edutopia.org)

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the cornerstone of emotional intelligence, as these abilities do not come naturally for some special education students. Children in special ed settings need to have their confidence, courage, and emotional awareness nurtured in order to successfully play, work, cooperate, and be productive in their studies.

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Pets help kids with special needs

Researchers surveyed 70 parents of children ages 8 to 18 with autism. They found that having any kind of pet at home may increase a child’s assertiveness in social situations and their ability to make introductions and ask questions. Carlisle, the study’s author, says parents linked dog ownership to responsibility, companionship and stress relief.

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Music therapy is an evidenced-based practice

Music therapy is an evidenced-based practice, targeting physical, neurologic, communication, emotional, educational and behavioral goals to promote positive therapeutic change. Music therapy also looks at the whole child, brings forth their abilities and provides opportunities for creative self-expression, normalization of the environment, emotional processing and social int eraction. Music therapy facilitates a space for the child to be a child, allows the child to express all the wonder, creativity, and inspiration they have to share with the world.

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