Sensory circuits: Alerting station

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Alerting station with Cosmo Source: Pixabay In this article, we concentrate on using Cosmo to complement the alerting station. This station is the first of the three stations within the sensory circuit. It helps the learner prepare for learning through exercises aiming to increase the awareness of the body. Alerting station provides vestibular (sense of balance) and proprioceptive (body awareness) stimulation within a controlled environment. Want to learn more about sensory circuits? Check out this article. To complement this station, use the physical exercise activities available in the Cosmo Training App to practice balance and body awareness. The [...]

How to enrich sensory circuits with Cosmo?

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How to enrich sensory circuits with Cosmo?   Source: Pixabay. Free for commercial use.   How we process information We are all different in the way we process information received from the environment. The way we perceive sound, smell, taste and touch can affect how we feel and think. For autistic people, sensory processing is more difficult as each sense can be over-or under-sensitive. This can cause differences in the way they learn and play. Sensory regulation One way to help children with sensory regulation and concentration on the day’s activities is through sensory circuits. Short sensory circuits [...]

Moos te Velthuis on music therapy with Cosmo

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Moos te Velthuis on his musical passion and music therapy with Cosmo. Source: Max Hoogesteger.   My name is Moos te Velthuis, I am 21 years old and I come from Goor, a small town in the east of the Netherlands. I play the bass guitar and have been in bands since I was little. I have also been producing music in Logic Pro X for 3 years. I am currently in year one of the bachelor’s of music therapy at ArtEZ Enschede.   I’ve been making music all my life, but I never knew very well in [...]

Tools to create an inclusive classroom

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Tools to create an inclusive classroom Inclusion in the early years' education Fighting bias and nurturing inclusion is a massive challenge among children and young people. Biased behaviours become visible already during the early years of education. The good news is, they can be unlearned. In this blog post from the Inclusion series, I will try to address a question: how? Make sure to read our previous article on How to Approach Inclusion in the Classroom. We can do a lot to enable our learners to create a great sense of community and embrace the inclusion of learners with Special [...]

How to approach inclusion in the classroom?

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How to approach inclusion in the classroom?   What comes to mind when you think of “inclusion”? Respect? Diversity? Maybe: empathy, tolerance, or open-mindedness? All these are fair guesses. But the question remains, are inclusive behaviours naturally programmed in our brains or do we learn them? Or perhaps we lose them as we become older? Recently, I was wondering about this myself, and I want to share my thoughts with you. Addressing bias According to Edutopia, “bias starts as early as preschool”. The good news is that it can be unlearned. But how can we unlearn something that is deeply [...]

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