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Why Positive Behavior Support is Way More Than A Sticker Chart!

In Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Educators, Parents, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

Positive behavior support and positive parenting are methods that work to teach kids right from wrong using natural and logical consequences (e.g., you make a mess you clean it up; you take something without asking, you give it back; you break something on purpose, you work to earn the money to fix it; you are disruptive in the movie theatre, …

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National Autism Resources Carries Over 1400 Therapeutic Tools for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Counselors, Educators, Parents, Sponsored Posts by Rachel Wise

National Autism Resources, also known as NationalAutismResources.com, provides cost-effective, research-based therapeutic tools that meet the needs of people on the autism spectrum across their lifespan. NationalAutismResources.com provides school districts, hospitals, therapy centers, family members, and individuals of the autism community with effective tools that improve the independence and quality of life for people on the autism spectrum. For instance, NationalAutismResources.com carries …

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4-H Clubs Offer Hands-On Learning Opportunities for Kids Across the US

In Counselors, Educational Games and Programs, Hands-on Activities, Parents, Social Skills by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

What is a 4-H Club? 4-H clubs provide hands-on learning in science, healthy living, and citizenship. Kids build confidence, creativity and curiosity, along with life skills such as leadership and resiliency. 4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands, Health. Types of 4‑H Programs 4‑H programs are available through local 4‑H clubs, 4‑H camps, and in-school or after-school programs. With support from …

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5 Effective Anger Management Tips for Kids (or Adults)

In Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

It’s natural to get angry when you feel misheard, misunderstood, treated unfairly, or wrongfully accused. When you are angry, you often feel stuck with a problem that you can’t solve. Rather than yelling, screaming, hitting or hiding, here are some problem-solving strategies to help you make the most out of a difficult situation. There problem-solving strategies are based on the …

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Are You Using This Number One Strategy to Get Your Children to Listen?

In Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

When I went to graduate school to become a school psychologist, I learned about a concept called positive phrasing, also referred to as positive language. I have noticed over the years in my career as both a school psychologist and behavior specialist, that people sometimes confuse positive phrasing with praise or positive reinforcement. While they are both considered positive ways to …

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Being Active in Nature Improves Mental and Physical Health for Kids: Infographic

In ADHD, Anxiety/Depression, Behavior Strategies, Children's Health, Counselors, Parents by Rachel Wise

I am constantly encouraging my four-year-old son to get outside and exercise with me. He doesn’t always want to do it, but sometimes I will pull the “we have to go for a walk” or “play tag outside” before we watch TV. My son is a TV/tablet lover and if it were up to him he would be on electronics …

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An Interactive Story to Teach Kids About Restaurant Behavior

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Social Skills, Social Stories, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

Social stories are a research-based tool used to help children prepare for real-life events. They can be used to teach someone what to expect or how to behave in a particular setting. Because no situation is the same, it may be helpful to talk to your child about how their restaurant experience might be different from the story below. For example, in this story …

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The Benefits of Including a Self Defense Program in Middle School Physical Education

In Bullying, Children's Health, Counselors, Educators, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

Original Source: Teaching Self-Defense to Middle School Students in Physical Education; Journal of Teaching in Physical Education Bullying is an epidemic. It is widespread and cause for serious concern. Approximately out of ten middle school students in the United States are bullied weekly. To minimize school violence, some schools have taken steps to raise awareness about bullying, by implementing programs that …

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When Should a Child Be Evaluated for an Emotional Disturbance in School?

In Anxiety/Depression, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Different-Abilities/Screening Tools, Educators, Parents, Social-Emotional, Special Education by Rachel Wise

The information in this article applies to public schools in the United States. If your child attends school in a different type of setting, talk to your child’s school to see what they recommend for children with behavioral and/or social-emotional needs. What is Emotional Disturbance? Emotional Disturbance (ED) is considered one of the 14 disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) …

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What Will Classrooms of the Future Look Like & How Will They Engage Our Students?

In Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Parents by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Do you wonder what classrooms will be like in the future? Technology is rapidly changing and it becomes challenging to keep up with it. It has invaded the field of education, as some classrooms now have interactive boards instead of blackboards. When we were kids, we may have dreamed about having computers in our classrooms for learning. In today’s digitized …

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What Is a Functional Behavior Assessment & Is It Effective?

In Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Educators, Parents, Special Education by Rachel Wise

What is a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)? An FBA is a research-based method used to figure out why a child is behaving a certain way in the school setting (an FBA can also be done in a residential treatment center or at home if a child is receiving mental health services there; parents can also think about ways to use an …

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Effective Program Helps Young Children Learn to Read

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Reading Strategies by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Recently I came across a step-by-step program that helps parents easily teach their young children to read. The authors, Jim (a reading teacher) and his wife Elena, developed the Children Learning Reading program, and used it to teach their own children to read before turning 3 years old. Who Is the Program Designed For? The Children Learning Reading program is designed for parents of …

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American Academy of Pediatrics Explains Why Recess is Crucial for Children and Shouldn’t be Withheld

In ADHD, Children's Health, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Social-Emotional, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Introduction Policy makers, educators, and parents often talk about the role of schools in promoting the development of the whole child (e.g., physical, social, and academic development). A growing trend toward putting more emphasis on academic subjects and less on recess time, has put this important part of a child’s school day at risk. When recess is provided, children get …

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Does Research Show That Exercise Helps Kids with Autism & ADHD?

In ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Behavior Strategies, Children's Health, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

Experts at Michigan State University have demonstrated that kids with ADHD have better focus and are less distracted after a 20 minute exercise session. Matthew Pontifex, assistant professor of kinesiology at Michigan State University, and lead researcher for the study said: “This provides some very early evidence that exercise might be a tool in our nonpharmaceutical treatment of ADHD. Maybe our first …

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What is an IEP and How Do You Know if Your Child Needs One for School?

In ADHD, Autism, Educational Strategies & Tips, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Intro Are you wondering if your child needs special education services or an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or how children obtain an IEP? In order to qualify for an IEP, your child needs to receive an evaluation in school (or at home if your child has not started school yet or attends homeschool or cyber school). Depending on your child’s …

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How to Teach Six Basic Math Concepts with Transformers

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Math, Math Strategies, Parents, Study Skills by Rachel Wise

Teaching kids concepts using something they love is a great way to get them motivated. You can take any favorite kids’ toy or food that you have multiples of (e.g., Transformers, Doc McStuffins Characters, Legos, Hot Wheels, Matchbox Cars, Cheerios, Gummy Bears) and use them to create a math lesson (let your child choose what he/she wants to use). To …

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21 School Accommodations Available for Children with Special Needs

In ADHD, Autism, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Special Education by Rachel Wise

*This article pertains to U.S. public schools. If your child attends private school or school outside of the U.S., talk to the school team to find out which accommodations they are able to provide. Parents may not always know what accommodations or modifications are available to their child with special needs in school. This article provides that knowledge, along with …

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5 Fun Activities to Teach Your Child Sight Words

In Parents, Reading, Reading Strategies by Rachel Wise

This article provides several fun and effective, research-based strategies for teaching sight words to children. The strategies in this article are based on the Orton-Gillingham approach which promotes the use of multi-sensory instruction. Multi-sensory instruction allows children to learn using multiple senses (e.g, hearing, seeing, touching). This is important because research shows that children learn best when information is coming in …