Special Educators Borrow From Brain Studies
In a corner of a classroom here at the Ivymount School , a frustrated 7th grader tells himself to take a deep breath. Slowly, without distracting his classmates, he calms down.
This exercise is among many strategies derived from brain-science research that educators at this private school are using with students with disabilities. In this case, the technique is being taught to students with Asperger syndrome, for whom self-control in a moment of frustration can be elusive.
The five steps to regaining calm—including breathing deeply, reading directions, and telling oneself to give something a try—are taped to many of the desks of students in...
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