Children learn better in an optimized environment, whether in the therapy room or classroom. This means minimizing noise that interferes with instruction, providing movement breaks built into the lesson as well as making sure students are hydrated. Stephanie also gives some strategies for increasing attention and memory.
Find the playlist for the full set of videos in this module series here:
Increasing the Language Skills of Children from Low-Income Backgrounds Playlist
Find each of the modules from this playlist here:
The Achievement Gap (ILS: Module 01)
Importance of Parent Training in Early Literacy (ILS: Module 02)
Strategies to Support Emergent Literacy (ILS: Module 03)
Increasing Literacy in Adolescents (ILS: Module 04)
Optimizing the Learning Environment (ILS: Module 05)
Contextualize Language for Learning (ILS: Module 06)
Please find links to research mentioned in this module here:
Aram, D. M. and Nation, J. E. (1980) Preschool language disorders and subsequent language and academic difficulties. Journal of Communication Disorders, 13(2), 150-170.
Bloom, L., & Lahey, M. (1978). Language development and language disorders.
Farah, M. J., Noble, K. G., & Hurt, H. (2005). Poverty, privilege, and brain development: empirical findings and ethical implications. Neuroethics in the 21st Century.
Windsor, J., & Kohnert, K. (2004). The Search for Common GroundPart I. Lexical Performance by Linguistically Diverse Learners. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 47(4), 877-890.
Wolfe, C. D., & Bell, M. A. (2004). Working memory and inhibitory control in early childhood: Contributions from physiology, temperament, and language.Developmental psychobiology, 44(1), 68-83.