Adults play a key role in children’s participation in school recess

When adults are participants in school recess – leading games, monitoring play and ensuring conflicts are mediated quickly – children are more likely to be engaged in recess activities, a new study has found.  Continue reading “Adults play a key role in children’s participation in school recess”

When it comes to school recess, a quality playground experience matters, researchers suggest

Recess periods can offer physical, cognitive, social and emotional benefits to elementary school children, but those benefits are tied closely to the quality of the playground experience.

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NeuroNet Success Stories: KidSense Therapy

Marcia Washington, OTR/L, has been practicing pediatric occupational therapy for more than 10 years. She is the owner of KidSense Therapy, a sensory clinic providing occupational therapy for children birth to age 18 years in Pontotoc, Mississippi. We recently had the chance to catch up with Marcia and ask her about her experience using NeuroNet programs in her therapy practice:  Continue reading “NeuroNet Success Stories: KidSense Therapy”

Researchers identify factors promoting physical activity in childhood

Physical activity plays a major role in children’s and young people’s health. International studies, however – for instance, by the World Health Organization (WHO) – show that physical activity is currently decreasing rather than increasing. Continue reading “Researchers identify factors promoting physical activity in childhood”

Class clowns: Playful boys viewed more negatively than playful girls, study finds

Study confirms gender differences in how teachers perceive playfulness — and provides insights into the potentially damaging effects of discouraging playful behavior in the classroom. Continue reading “Class clowns: Playful boys viewed more negatively than playful girls, study finds”

Monkeys’ Brains Synchronize As They Collaborate To Perform A Motor Task

Though their purpose and function are still largely unknown, mirror neurons in the brain are believed by some neuroscientists to be central to how humans relate to each other. Deficiencies in mirror neurons might also play a role in autism and other disorders affecting social skills. Continue reading “Monkeys’ Brains Synchronize As They Collaborate To Perform A Motor Task”

Before-school physical activity program helps improve body weight and overall wellness

Children participating in a 12-week, before-school physical activity program experienced improvement in body weight and social/emotional wellness, compared with their classmates who did not participate.  Continue reading “Before-school physical activity program helps improve body weight and overall wellness”