S.M.A.R.T. Development Approach
S.M.A.R.T. is a developmental approach to teaching that takes advantage of current brain research. It focuses on stimulation of the brain stem verses the brain cortex, the area where most curricula is focused. In fact, most curricula assume the brain is fully prepared to learn once a child arrives at the doorstep of school. However, for a number of reasons, that's often not the case.
The brain stem is where all automatic function takes place, such as our eyes moving smoothly back and forth across the page as we read or the ability to look from the desk to the board and back to the desk without interruption. When the brain stem has been stimulated so that it's fully operational, the stem is able to do its automatic function work and that allows the cortex to do its own important work, like comprehension and analysis.
Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence
The Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children is a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices developed by two national, federally-funded research and training centers: The Center for the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) and TACSEI. These centers’ faculty represent nationally recognized researchers and program developers in the areas of social skills and challenging behavior. Based on evaluation data over the last eight years, the Pyramid Model has shown to be a sound framework for early care and education systems. Extensive training materials, videos, and print resources to help states, communities and programs implement the model have been developed.
Young Athletes Program
Special Olympics Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), ages 2 to 7 years old. Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills, like running, kicking and throwing. Young Athletes offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children.
Children learn how to play with others and develop important skills for learning. Children also learn to share, take turns and follow directions. These skills help children in family, community and school activities.
Young Athletes is a fun way for children to get fit. It is important to teach children healthy habits while they are young. This can set the stage for a life of physical activity, friendships and learning.
Classroom Engagement Model (CEM)
A framework for using the DEC Recommended Practices to improve engagement, social relationships, and independence for children with and without disabilities; and to promote full participation of every child in a classroom setting.
Through training and coaching, practitioners increase their ability to engage all children, learn strategies to engage individual children, generate ideas for teaming and collaboration and expand their understanding of how to use data to drive instruction and intervention.