Posts Tagged ‘Tricia Gomez’

Words of Wisdom

A 23-columnist salute to 11 years of ideas, insight, and inspiration by Tamsin Nutter Some days you just need a little advice and encouragement—whether on preschoolers, degagés, or taxes—to pin on the staff bulletin board or mull over in the bathtub at night, from a trusted friend who’s been there, done that, and understands exactly…

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Tips for Special-Needs Teachers | Finding the Just-Right Challenge

by Tricia Gomez We’ve all experienced walking into a dance class as a student and finding it beyond our understanding or abilities. Maybe the teacher teaches too fast, uses unfamiliar terminology, or asks you to do something that requires more flexibility than you have. Or you’re excited to take a workshop—only to find out that…

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Tips for Special-Needs Teachers | Cognitive Processing

by Tricia Gomez The cognitive domain is the last of the five developmental domains (cognitive, motor, self-help, social/emotional, and communication) we’ll discuss this season. Students who struggle with cognitive processing may have difficulty understanding and responding to information. Fortunately, there are classroom strategies that will help. Students may struggle with a movement because they don’t…

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Tips for Special-Needs Teachers | Encouraging Self-Help

by Tricia Gomez This month we’re focusing on the self-help developmental domain, which requires skills from the motor and cognitive domains. Activities of daily living (ADLs), such as feeding, dressing, self-care, and self-regulation, are often taken for granted, but this is an area where many students with learning differences and special needs struggle. Let’s take…

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February 2018 | Mail

Words from our readers I’m so thrilled you all did a feature article on Darby’s Dancers (“Dancing for Darby,” December 2017). There is a movement brewing to increase participation opportunities for students who previously would have been excluded. That is due in part to the awareness Dance Studio Life has created by including articles like…

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Tips for Special-Needs Teachers | Fostering Motor Skills

by Tricia Gomez Let’s tackle motor skills for our ongoing discussion of the five developmental domains (cognitive, motor, self-help, social/emotional, and communication). Students with special needs often have significant delays in the motor domain, which includes both fine and gross motor skills. Focusing on motor skill development in dance class can make a profound difference…

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Dancing for Darby

  Parents’ loss becomes dance world’s gain by Maureen Janson Valerie Jones travels the country attending dance recitals; in the spring of 2017 alone, the Huntsville, Alabama, resident saw 10 different recitals in 6 different states. But in each dark auditorium, she waits for one dance in particular: the one performed by students with special…

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Tips for Special-Needs Teachers | Social and Emotional Learning

by Tricia Gomez Let’s talk about the social/emotional developmental domain. (The five developmental domains are cognitive, motor, self-help, social/emotional, and communication.) Kids with autism tend to struggle with social situations. They fail to pick up subtle cues such as lack of interest, and they often understand words literally, missing inferred meanings (in jokes, for example).…

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A Culture of Kindness, by and for Kids

National Wingman for Dance empowers students to create a welcoming environment by Bonner Odell Every seasoned dance teacher knows what it’s like to face a less-than-ideal group dynamic in the studio. Whether the challenge is de-escalating drama, incorporating a new or shy student, or assimilating a dancer with learning differences, teachers may be unsure how to…

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Tips for Special-Needs Teachers | Communication: Receptive & Expressive Language

by Tricia Gomez Tip 1 Most special-needs students are in therapy and/or working with an individualized education program (IEP) in school. Their goals will fall into one or more of five developmental domains: cognitive, motor, self-help, social/emotional, and communication. Whether you’re teaching a special-needs class or have one student with learning differences, understanding these domains—and…

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December 2011 | Bright Biz Ideas | Thinking Inside the Box

From the classic Ronco Veg-o-Matic to the newfangled best-selling ShamWow, product designers and developers have one thing in common. They see a need—from turning lights off from your bed to washing your feet in the shower without bending down—that other products in the cluttered marketplace didn’t fulfill.

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