Watch an overview of spark*

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Survey of child preferences

Came across a nice survey for gathering preference information on children. It gathers information about favorite things, feelings indicators, socialization, choices, body clock, health, and family member roles. Have a look: child-preference-indicators

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Some FREE apps to practice self-regulation

Many thanks to Joselynne Jaques, of Hope Therapies, for her app suggestions.

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Hand self-regulation

  • Hand Drums – tap on the drums at different intensities, speeds and rhythms to practice control of hands

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  • Darbuka (goblet) drums – a slightly different sounding drum for practising different intensities, speeds and rhythms

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Voice self-regulation

  • Bla Bla Bla – provides visual feedback about the loudness of your voice – the visual images are a little odd so choose carefully to make sure it’s not frightening

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  • Class Monster – intended for a group setting, gives cute visual feedback about the loudness of voices

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Calming visuals

  • Fluid – run your fingers over the surface and watch the water ripple

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  • Zen View – a number of different background images with water overlay that moves when you run your fingers over the screen; can add rain at varying intensities

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  • Draw with Stars – trails of stars emerge as you run your fingers over the screen

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  • Fluid Dynamics – run your fingers over the screen and colors will emerge and merge

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Calming sounds

  • Relax Melodies – choose different sounds to combine or play one at a time
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Breathing for calming and centering

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  • RespiRelax – simple visual guides breathing in and out

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Yoga 

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We’ll keep adding more apps. Stay tuned.

Please let us know if you found a helpful app. Just remember, the app should be free.


Game and Activity Resource

This looks like a nice resource for different types of games and activities for practicing self-regulation and resilience. Have a look.

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Questionnaires for looking at self-regulation

There are some interesting questionnaires for looking at self-determination/self-regulation in children. Among them are:

AIR Self-Determination Scale – for students, for parents and for teachers

Self-Determination Theory website has many questionnaires related to self-regulation in different areas of a person’s life, perceived autonomy, intrinsic motivation, self-determination, mindful awareness and many others. Most are intended for older children and adults.

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Other resources

Some wonderful resources for people with special needs who are Jewish can be found at Gateways, access to Jewish education. Be sure to have a look.

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eating game logo_new2 A beautifully organized visual system for engaging children in meal planning