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Smoothies for the Brain: Brain-Based Strategies to Defuse Behavior Problems in the Classroom
Penny Cuninggim and Shannon Chabot
NEARI - OOB / out-of-print pb / Jan 2008
9781929657353 (ISBN-10: 1929657358)
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48 pages
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This ready-reference is perfect for teachers looking for new and different ways to prevent or defuse behavior problems in the classroom. Its simple, easy-to-implement strategies are grounded in research on the connection between the brain, learning, and behavior. The booklet describes 16 Smoothies, each with a sample scenario that can be used at all school grade levels, with one student or a group, and without disrupting classroom routines. Smoothies offer a variety of approaches ranging from enhancing sensory capacity and underlying brain neuro-physiology in a particular student to changing the classroom environment and the teacher’s style for a more positive impact on all students in a class. Although these brain-based strategies are a relatively new approach, every one has been used successfully by countless teachers across the country to de-escalate one unhappy child or to shift a whole classroom from negative to positive energy.

With this valuable guide to dramatically altering negative behavior, teachers can decrease their frustration and help students spend more time learning and less time in the principal’s office.

Editorial Reviews:

“Smoothies for the Brain teaches the reader practical, easy to understand, and extremely useful exercises that have been emonstrated to calm yet energize the body and mind of both young and old. I strongly recommend this book for educators, parents, clinicians or anyone interested in developing healthy brain functioning.”
-- Robert E Longo, MRC, LPC, author of Paths to Wellness.

Introduction: “Smoothies for the Brain”
Who this book is for; Which students need Smoothies; How Smoothies can help; Why other useful behavior management strategies don't always work well; How best to introduce Smoothies to your students; How this booklet is organized.


1 Spinning

2 Stretching

3 Pressing Activities

4 Midline Moves

5 Deep Breathing

6 Rocking

7 Movement Break

8 Changing the Environment

9 Music Break

10 Fidget Tools

11 Changing the Pace

12 Dimming the Lights

13 Lowering the Volume

14 Clowning Around

15 Water / Healthy Snack Break

16 Story Snippet

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