About Lynne Kenney

Lynne Kenney, Psy.D., is a Harvard trained psychologist, a mother of two, an international educator, and pediatric psychologist in Scottsdale, AZ. Since 1985, Dr. Kenney has worked as an educator in community service from the inner cities of Los Angeles to national organizations such as The Neurological Health Foundation, Understood.org, HandsOn Phoenix, and Points of Light (Generation On). Dr. Kenney’s works include the Social-Emotional Literacy program Bloom Your Room™; Musical Thinking; Bloom: 50 things to say, think and do with anxious, angry and over-the-top-kids and 70 Play Activities For Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning and Behavior. Learn more at www.lynnekenney.com. Lynne is a member of the PedSafe Expert team

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Articles by Lynne

4 Things That Will Help Your Child Develop Early Reading Skills

4 Things That Will Help Your Child Develop Early Reading Skills

Last updated on November 1st, 2017 at 12:56 pmDeveloping early reading skills in children ages 9-48 months involves enhancing cognitive skills such as sequential processing, simultaneous processing, focused attention, and inhibition. Speaking with your child face to face, drawing attention to characters and actions on the written page and practicing how oral-motor sounds relate to phonemic representation,... 

Teachers, Want to Help A Child Learn? Encourage Wiggling!

Teachers, Want to Help A Child Learn? Encourage Wiggling!

Last updated on August 21st, 2017 at 11:25 am The research is clear, many of us move to think, that means we can cheer for kids who like to wiggle while they learn.Large motor movement such as walking 15 minutes before school, doing moderate-intensity exercise before a test and peddling or bouncing before academics have been shown to improve performance. Small movements such as fidgeting, squirming,... 

3 Ways Music Improves Kids’ Learning, Relationships & Confidence

3 Ways Music Improves Kids’ Learning, Relationships & Confidence

Last updated on July 8th, 2017 at 11:50 pmWhen we think of music, often what comes to mind is song. We may think of Broadway musicals, Bach or Justin Timberlake. In our minds, we might imagine orchestras or pianists. Music has been central to civilization for thousands of years. In fact, before we had language we used musical tones and sounds to communicate. The tone of a grunt signaled a message in... 

My Child Made A Mistake…How To Make That A Win?

My Child Made A Mistake…How To Make That A Win?

Last updated on June 5th, 2017 at 01:03 amI’ve been reflecting this week on the value of making mistakes. We hear that mistakes are learning opportunities. Without making mistakes, we don’t know that we need to revise our strategy or approach.Yet, it has occurred to me, how do we talk with children about the benefit of making mistakes in a manner that improves their cognition? How do we help... 

What’s Working For Me: A Game To Help Stressed Kids Feel Better

What’s Working For Me: A Game To Help Stressed Kids Feel Better

Last updated on May 30th, 2017 at 10:57 pm Children often have feelings and thoughts of which they are not mindfully aware. Those thoughts and feelings about life experiences or specific situations can cause feelings of unease that increases anxiety.At the heart of it, the cognitive side of anxiety (because there can be quite a strong biological side as well) is about the perception that one does... 

Difficult Getting Students to Focus? Try the Flashlight Technique

Difficult Getting Students to Focus? Try the Flashlight Technique

Last updated on June 6th, 2017 at 12:03 am “How do I teach the flashlight technique” for re-directing attention in a “super easy way”.As always, we begin with collaboration. Talk with the child 1:1 in a kind and collaborative manner and tell him that you have been noticing he has difficulty keeping his attention focused on the work in class, ask him if he has noticed as well. Then have the...