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Engaging Social Studies Curriculum Shows Promise for Improving Social Skills in Students with Emotional and Behavioral Needs

In Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Social Skills, Social-Emotional, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Storypath offers a structure for organizing the social studies curriculum and an instructional strategy for teaching it. The strategy is based on the belief that children learn best when they are active participants in their own learning. When students have to create, role-play, come up with ideas, problem-solve, etc., they learn the material from the inside out. The structure and …

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Five Research-Based Interventions for Treating Youth with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

In Counselors, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is defined by the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the book clinicians use to diagnose ODD, as: There are five research-based therapeutic strategies for treating ODD in children/adolescents. These strategies are referred to as psycho-social therapies, and are described in further detail below: Five Therapeutic Strategies for ODD1. Parental Management Training (PMT) PMT …

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What is Sensory Processing Disorder & Sensory Integration Therapy?

In Autism, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Different-Abilities/Screening Tools, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Special Education by Rachel Wise

People with typically functioning sensory systems learn to tolerate stimulation through their senses in many different ways. They also learn how to use the information they receive through their senses to control themselves and their movements and interact with the world around them. For example, just as our eyes detect visual information and relay that information to the brain for …

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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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How School Counselors and Teachers Can Work Together to Promote Social-Emotional Learning

In Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Syrenna KononovitchLeave a Comment

School is about more than learning academics. It is also a prime environment for promoting social and emotional learning (SEL). In recent years, the Every Student Succeeds Act has called attention to this need. This act requires that states measure school success with at least one non-academic indicator, such as communication, empathy, or conflict management. In order to effectively teach children important …

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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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6 Ways to Help Students With ADHD Manage the College Application Period

In ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Counselors, Parents by Brian Giroux

Teenagers, especially those with ADHD, typically experience feelings of anxiety about what the future holds. There are many opportunities that they can take advantage of, including college programs, job training, military enlistment, and technical institutes. For those who want to pursue post-secondary education, the college search and application process can be overwhelming. There are plenty of decisions to be made. …

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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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Responsive Classroom: Evidenced-Based Approach Improves Academics & Behavior

In Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

What is Responsive Classroom? Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to teaching elementary and middle school students. Responsive Classroom stresses the importance of fusing social-emotional learning with academic learning to create the optimal environment for success. Research finds that the Responsive Classroom approach is associated with higher math and reading achievement, an improved school climate, and higher-quality instruction. Responsive Classroom …