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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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Los 10 Tips Más Usados para Niños con Trastorno Negativista Desafiante

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(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 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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I Wish I Was There to Protect You!-An Empowering Poem for Bullying Victims & Survivors

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 hit you, called you names, threw papers at your head. You used to think to yourself, “If they only took the time …

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Parents and Teachers: 5 Important Tips for Children Who Seem Introverted

In Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Social Skills by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Are you concerned because your child is not outgoing and has few friends? Do you want your child to spend time with others, instead of sitting alone? Some parents fear that when their kids are alone more than with others, something is wrong. They don’t want their children to be shy or stay away from social interactions. However, they sometimes …

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An Alabama Mom Talks About Her Experience Homeschooling Her 9th Grade Daughter

In Homeschool & Cyber School Info by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

On October 12, 2014, long before COVID-19 and children learning from home were a part of everyday American culture, I spoke with Linda Warren a really sweet mom from Alabama. She shared a lot about her personal experiences homeschooling her daughter. See what Linda had to say below: How Long Have You Been Homeschooling? We have been homeschooling since January …

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Try These 5 Great Activities with Your Social Skills Group

In Counselors, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Important: This article was written prior to March 2020. Please consider changes and accommodations you would need to make to stay safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic. I recently wrote 5 Great Social Skills Activities for Virtual Lessons. Working in the public school system for many years, I often heard guidance counselors asking for advice about the kinds of activities they …

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Help Your Child Find Their Voice (Part 1)

In Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

When September begins, families everywhere rev up for another school year. Some children view the start of a new school year as the opportunity to re-connect with old friends, participate in extra-curricular activities, and learn exciting new subjects. For some children though the dawn of a new school year is preparing to go to battle. Another year in the trenches …

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10 Important Tips Before Your Child’s Next IEP Meeting

In ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Special Education by Rachel Wise

What Is an IEP? If you have concerns about your child’s progress in school, you can request an evaluation from a school psychologist to determine if your child qualifies for an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Other support professionals such as a speech-language pathologist or occupational therapist (for visual-motor or sensory concerns) may be involved in the evaluation process as well. …