Category Archives: Education

White Students Overrepresented in Special Education

A study from researchers at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) and the University of California, Irvine finds that white children from English-speaking homes are more likely to be recognized as having a disability than children from minority families. The study used carefully controlled, longitudinal data to determine that children from racial, ethnic, and language minorities…

Early Childhood Education Should Focus on Play

Young children’s brains are wired to learn through play and exploration. Although discovery-based learning—a learning style that works with children’s development—is validated by a number of recent studies, education in the United States is heading in the opposite direction. Early childhood education is becoming dominated by formalized, teacher-led classroom instruction. The shift towards a didactic…

Occupational Therapy Benefits NYC Students

The number of students benefiting from occupational therapy in New York City’s public schools is rising, reports The New York Times. Occupational therapy (OT) is a broad set of therapies that encourage individuals to develop skills that can improve their daily lives, benefiting stroke victims, people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and individuals with other…

Movement-Based Instruction Helps Students Learn Math

Many children learn from kinetic activities, yet many classrooms do not incorporate movement into their instruction. A new study from the University of Vermont tested a method for using movement and technology to help students learn math. The study, which used motion-detection technology, used a math instruction technique that asked students to use their bodies…

Nap Time Helps Infants Learn

Numerous studies have shown that sleep plays a major role in memory, but relatively little is known about the relationship between sleep and learning in early childhood. Researchers from the University of Sheffield and from Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany investigated how daytime sleep affects memory in infants. The study demonstrated that children who sleep…

Program Reduces Students’ Disruptive Behaviors

A new program helps teachers and parents support young children in school by working with their individual personalities. The study, conducted by researchers at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, found that the INSIGHTS program was able to reduce problem behaviors for some of the students most at-risk for low levels…

Middle School Intervention Improves Reasoning Skills

Growing up in poverty can negatively affect academic development, limiting language, learning, and attention. Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) investigated whether a cognitive training program could help bridge the academic gap between children in different socioeconomic strata. The findings show that cognitive training can help children from impoverished homes improve…

Full-Day Preschool Supports Kindergarten Readiness

One of the best ways to prepare young children for academic success is to enroll them in preschool. New research from the University of Minnesota finds that full-day preschool programs are more beneficial than part-day preschool for three- and four-year-old children. While the United States offers federally-funded programs like Head Start and other state-funded initiatives…

Kindergarten Program Teaches Executive Functions

Executive functions—a set of skills including the ability to focus attention, avoid distractions, and regulate impulses—are a critical part of academic achievement. Students who have stronger executive functions do better academically. Researchers from the New York University (NYU) Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development tested an education program that helps young students perform…

Schools Less Likely to Identify Minorities with Autism

Children from different racial backgrounds have different probabilities of being identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Researchers from University of Massachuetts-Amherst, Binghamton University, and Temple University compared the rate at which schools in the United States identify white, black, and Hispanic children with ASD. They find schools identify many more white children with ASD than…

What is iLs?

iLs is a complementary approach to brain fitness which can be integrated into a broad variety of educational, therapeutic and self-improvement programs. In the same way we can train our bodies to become stronger and healthier, iLs trains the brain to process sensory, cognitive and emotional information more effectively. With better synaptic connectivity, we perform better. It’s about as simple as that.

We start with music and movement, and then gradually integrate language and cognitive processes. The exercises appear simple but become increasingly difficult as we add new layers for simultaneous processing. The program involves no computers or screens of any type. Someone once referred to iLs as “a boot camp for the brain.” We’d like to think of it more as play, and we all know we work hardest when we play!

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