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3 Research-Based Reading Comprehension Strategies Parents Can Try at Home: Chunking. Monitoring, and Listening

In Educators, Parents, Reading, Reading Strategies by Rachel Wise

This article discusses how to use chunking, monitoring, and listening strategies to improve reading comprehension. What is Chunking?Chunking means to break up text that may be too long or difficult for a child, into manageable sections or “chunks.” Chunking helps students organize information, making it easier for them to pull information together for a better understanding of the main idea …

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What Can You Do if Your Child is Having Persistent Problems in School? (Tips for Parents)

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

The contents in this article refer to public schools in the United States. If your child attends private school or school outside of the United States, speak to your child’s school to find out if their policies for addressing the matters discussed in this article are the same or different. When Would You Request an Evaluation by a School Psychologist? …

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Top Five Reasons for Behavior Problems in Kids

In Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Educators, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents by Rachel Wise

This article is meant to be helpful for any adult (teacher, parent, caregiver, etc.) who has a child with behavioral difficulties. Remember, there are no magic answers, and some kids may have challenging behavior no matter what strategies you use. However, most kids respond well to positive behavior strategies and these need to be your first step in trying to …

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How to Help Your Child with Writing Skills through Guided Writing

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Writing/Spelling, Writing/Spelling Strategies by Rachel Wise

This article explains how to help your child/student(s) develop writing skills through a research-based writing strategy called Guided Writing. While Guided Writing lessons are usually done with a small group of children in the classroom, parents can also utilize these strategies at home.It is very common for young children or children with learning or developmental disabilities to have trouble organizing …

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15 Behavior Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

Versión en Español In this article you will find 15 supportive behavior strategies for children on the autism spectrum (some strategies can be used with adults as well). Many of the strategies can also be used to help children without autism who have challenging behaviors. When caring for or working with a child with autism, a parent, teacher, or other adult may become …

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How to Prevent Temper Tantrums by Changing the Way You Say No

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

It is often difficult for younger children to accept the word “no.” Older individuals with developmental or emotional disabilities may also have difficulty accepting the word “no.” The word ”no” often leads to temper tantrums, arguing, and/or pleading. When your three-year-old daughter old asks you for more candy after she already had a piece and you say “no” she may …

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3 Ways to Use Timers to Encourage Homework and Chore Completion

In ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips, Parents, Study Skills by Rachel Wise

Sometimes getting children to do chores or complete homework can be a challenging task for the adults in their lives. Timers are an excellent way to motivate your child or student(s) to complete tasks and follow directions. Research and reputable resources consistently indicate the benefits of using timers with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). …

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A Story to Teach Kids to Calmly Respond to the Word No

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

If you have read my articles on positive behavior support, you know that I am not a big fan of simply using the word “no” when it comes to telling kids what they can’t have. Research and my own experiences show that telling kids what they can have instead, empathizing with their feelings, offering choices, and explaining the reason for …

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Find Out How to Protect Children with Autism Who May Wander Away

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Parents by Rachel Wise

http://nationalautismassociation.org/docs/BigRedSafetyToolkit.pdfMany parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) report that their children often place themselves in danger by wandering off, or “eloping.” Adults with autism are also at risk; as well as individuals with intellectual disabilities or Alzheimers. Individuals who have not wandered off before may still be at risk. According to a study “Occurrence and Family Impact of Elopement in …

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Effective Behavior Strategies Cheat Sheet!

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

Print an Enlarged Version Here! or Click on the Image to Enlarge! Contact us if you have any problems viewing an Enlarged Version of this image. We have so many more behavior strategies at educationandbehavior.com! If you found this helpful, please share it! Rachel WiseRachel Wise is a certified school psychologist and licensed behavior specialist with a Master’s Degree in …

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QUESTION: If a student continually hits other students when he doesn’t get his way can you allow the other child being hit to give the hitter a taste if his own medicine?

In Free Advice by Rachel Wise

ANSWER: That is a great question! You cannot control the momentary reaction of another student. If they hit the “hitter,” which is a natural consequence, there may be nothing you could have done to stop it, and the “hitter” may not hit that child again. However, I do not feel it is right in any setting, but particularly a school …

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Los 10 Tips Más Usados para Niños con Trastorno Negativista Desafiante

In Español by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

(English) Criar a un niño con Trastorno Negativista Desafiante (TND) puede ser muy frustrante porque se siente como una batalla constante. Una sólo quiere que el niño haga su tarea, recoja sus juguetes, se vista para ir a la escuela, y siempre se topa con un “no”. Como especialista en comportamiento y psicóloga escolar, muchos padres y maestros me han …

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5 Things That Are Awesome About Autism

In Autism, Inspirational Stories/Videos by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Before I start, I want to preface this article by stating that all people, including those with autism, have their own personalities, characteristics, and strengths. This article is merely a reflection of my own experiences and I am in no way suggesting that the statements in this article match every single person with autism in the world. This article encompasses …

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5 Great Music Videos About Science for Kids: K to 3rd Grade

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Inspirational Stories/Videos, Parents by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Music is such an amazing teaching tool. It helps keep the learner engaged and is a great way to get concepts in grained in memory. There are so many amazing learning music videos on Youtube. Here are five great science songs, excellent for early elementary school kids. These songs even have my two year old interested in science. Once you …

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5 Fun Scientific Art Projects for Kids

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Hands-on Activities, Parents by Rachel Wise2 Comments

Just like all of us, kids want to feel happy and interested while they are learning. Hands-on activities, where children are creating, moving, and problem solving are wonderful for keeping kids engaged and involved. Science and art are two great ways to create hands-on activities! Interacting with kids in a positive way also helps to build bonds, practice social skills, and learn life lessons. …

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10 Great Educational Songs for Kids: 1st to 3rd Grade

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Math Strategies, Parents, Reading Strategies by Rachel Wise4 Comments

Music is a great way to get kids excited about learning and help them remember what they learn. A catchy tune with easy to remember lyrics will leave a lasting impression, helping to in-grain educational concepts into a child’s memory. Have fun watching these videos with your child or students. Once they have learned the songs, enjoy singing them any …

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Break Ideas to Increase Student Motivation & Participation

In Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Preface: When I was in college majoring in psychology, I learned that the famous actor and comedian, Jim Carrey, had behavior problems in Junior High School. One of his teachers told him that he could do a comedy routine for a few minutes at the end of class for following the rules and completing work. This had a huge positive …

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I Wish I Was There to Protect You!-A Powerful Poem to Help the Victims of Bullying

In Bullying, Education and Behavior Poems, Inspirational Stories/Videos by Rachel Wise3 Comments

Thinking of my childhood, there’s so much I wish I’d known I’d love to go back and tell myself, now that I am grown You were only nine or ten when the mean, cruel things were said People teased you, called you names, threw papers at your head You used to think to yourself, “If they only took the time …