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Serotonin

Serotonin
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter associated with many bodily functions including digestion, sleep, and vomiting. It's primarily known for the role it plays in regulation of mood--it has been referred to ...
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/ brain, S

Heavy Work

Heavy Work
Heavy work refers to activities that push or pull against the body or involve carrying. Heavy work strengthens and maintains the proprioceptive system by offering resistance to joints, muscles, and ...
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/ H, heavy work, sensory play, types of play

Visual Discrimination

Visual Discrimination
Visual discrimination is the capacity to see differences between objects that are similar, detect specific features of objects, match identical objects, and point out similarities objects share. This is a ...
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/ brains, development, play, Senses, sensory play, V, vision

Sensory Play

Sensory Play
Sensory play is exactly what it sounds like--play and exploration that engages one or more of a child's senses. Such play is important in the early years because it plays ...
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Board Books

Board Books
A board book is a type of durable children's book built for curious and less gentle infants and toddlers. These books are printed on thick paperboard--used for both the book's ...
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Child Directed Speech

Child Directed Speech
Also known as Motherese, Parentese, Baby Talk, and Infant Directed Speech, child directed speech is a style of speech that adults often use when speaking to infants and young children ...
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National Home School Association

National Home School Association
According to their website, the National Home School Association is a, "dedicated team of seasoned homeschoolers that are determined to maintain the NHSA's position as the epicenter of the home ...
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/ homeschooling, N, organization, unschooling

Locus Of Control

Locus Of Control
Locus Of Control is a psychological concept, developed by Julian B Rotter, that refers to the degree to which individuals believe they control situations, experiences, and outcomes in their lives ...
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/ behavior, development, L, learning