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Theatre Teacher Shares Three Techniques to Increase Empathy in Students

In Counselors, Educators, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Desi CameronLeave a Comment

As a theatre teacher and teacher educator, I believe empathy is central to building a respectful, caring, and compassionate community. Scholarly work on empathy reveals that empathy must be explicitly taught and practiced. In clinical psychologist Baron-Cohen’s book, Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty and Kindness (2012), he identifies two types of empathy: cognitive and affective. …

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Top 5 Reasons Why Physical Education is As Important As Schoolwork

In Children's Health, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Social-Emotional by Ray SamLeave a Comment

Version in Spanish Many schools are now motivating students to maintain a balance between their school work and physical education. Physical education is an essential part of healthy living for people of all age groups, especially those going to school. This is because school life is full of stress and anxiety at every stage. Researches have proved the importance of …

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I Am Going to the Dentist (A Story to Prepare Children for Dental Appointments)

In Anxiety/Depression, Autism, Autism Spectrum, Counselors, Parents, Social Stories by Rachel Wise

Below you will find a social story about going to the dentist, to help children prepare for check-ups/appointments. Social stories are a research-based tool used to help children prepare for real-life events. They can help ease anxiety or set expectations for behavior in certain situations. Social stories are often used for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), anxiety disorders, or for any child that …

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I Am Going to the Doctor: A Social Story for Kids About Going on a Doctor’s Appointment

In Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Parents, Social Stories by Rachel Wise3 Comments

Below you will find a social story about going to the doctor, to help children prepare for check-ups/appointments. Social stories are a research-based tool used to help children prepare for real-life events. They can help ease anxiety or set expectations for behavior in certain situations. Social stories are often used for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), anxiety disorders, or for …

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5 Great Books to Teach Young Children About Empathy

In Counselors, Educators, Fun Ideas, Parents, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

As a behavior specialist and mobile therapist, I always loved using books to teach kids about a variety of social-emotional skills such as how to understand your feelings, how to be a friend, how to accept differences, how to develop empathy, how to solve a problem, how to be a good citizen, etc. Research also supports the benefits of using …

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5 Great Activities to Do with Your Social Skills Group (Adolescents/Teens)

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

Working in the public school system for many years, I often heard school counselors asking for advice about the kinds of activities they should do with their adolescent social skills groups. Students in the groups often had difficulty with skills such as listening, waiting their turn in conversation, staying on topic, sharing materials, understanding another person’s feelings, getting along with …

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8 Major Principles of Positive Behavior Support

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

While in graduate school for education and school psychology, I learned about the principles of positive behavior support, a research-based practice. At the time, I was working in a group home with individuals with a variety of emotional and behavioral needs.  I knew this would be the perfect setting to implement my newly learned strategies. I immediately saw the positive …

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23 Time Management Tips to Increase Productivity in Teenage Students with ADHD

In ADHD, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Study Skills by Jack MilgramLeave a Comment

My primary goal is to make things easier for students. There are many obstacles students face when studying. I’m trying to simplify their lives by giving them helpful tips. One day, an idea to write an article for students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) came to mind. A family member of mine named “John” struggles with ADHD, and talking with him …

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6 Research-Based Interventions for the Treatment of ADHD in Children

In ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Counselors, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or ADHD-like symptoms often have difficulty in school, at home or in the community. Teachers and parents often report that their child has trouble concentrating on a task long enough to complete it, following through on instructions, following a daily routine, staying on topic, or remaining seated. They also may report that their …

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An Interactive Story about What School Is Like and How to Behave

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Fun Ideas, Parents, Social Stories by Rachel Wise

Below you will find an interactive social story about going to school. The story can be used to help children prepare for a typical school day including their first day of school. You can also read this story with your child to practice reading skills. Social stories are a research-based tool used to help children prepare for real-life events. They …

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Strategies for Schools to Help Children with Separation Anxiety

In Anxiety/Depression, Counselors, Educators, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

This article is a follow up from our first article: Strategies for Parents to Help Their Child with Separation Anxiety. This intro is the same, but as you go further down the article, you will see strategies for schools to use to Help children with separation anxiety. What is Separation Anxiety Disorder?According the American Psychiatric Association, a person with separation anxiety disorder …

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12 Ways Schools Can Support Children on the Autism Spectrum

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

As a behavior specialist and school psychologist, I often hear parents of children on the autism spectrum asking what support schools can provide for their child. Children with autism often have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in school to enable them to have specific goals, accommodations, and modifications; however, some parents may be unsure of what should actually be put in …

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Printable Classroom Rules with Matching Visuals

In Autism, Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Oppositional Defiant Disorder by Rachel Wise

See below for strategies and tips on implementing your classroom rules. Download [130.34 KB] Set Up Your RulesHaving rules/expectations for behavior in the classroom is a great way to encourage positive behavior if used correctly. For rules to be effective: keep them short and to the point, do not have too many rules (3 to 5 is a good rule …

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How to Talk to Kids to Improve Behavior

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

I can tell you from over 19 years of experience, that being calm, encouraging, positive, patient, and consistent far outweighs yelling, punishment, and threats in any situation with any child, regardless of what you believe has or hasn’t worked in the past. Research and experience show that positive parenting/teaching strategies win every time and why is that? Just like adults, kids …

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9 Practical Strategies to Decrease Impulsive Behaviors in Children

In ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Parents, Social Skills by Rachel Wise

Impulsive behaviors can make everyday situations challenging for your child and the people in his/her life. Impulsive behaviors are defined as actions that occur quickly and seem to happen without thinking or considering the consequences. Children diagnosed with ADHD often engage in impulsive behaviors, but impulsive behaviors do not necessarily indicate that a person has ADHD. Below Are Some Examples …

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Please Don’t Take Away My Recess-A Poem About ADHD

In ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Education and Behavior Poems, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

I got in trouble in school today. They took away my recess. They said it was because I couldn’t sit still, but I was feeling so restless. I couldn’t control my body. I wish they’d give me breaks to move. It’s so much easier to concentrate when I’m not forced to sit for an hour or two. Sometimes directions come …

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14 Strategies to Help Children with ADHD in the Classroom or at Home

In ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

While this article discusses strategies for children with ADHD, many of these strategies can be utilized to help any child with challenging behaviors. Children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or who have ADHD-like symptoms frequently have difficulty at school. They often get yelled at, lose recess time, get put in time out, get detention, or get a phone …

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How to Use Natural and Logical Consequences to Improve Children’s Behavior

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

What are Natural Consequences?Natural consequences are consequences that occur naturally as the result of a behavior. For instance, if you were talking and being loud in the movie theater people might yell at you or tell you to be quiet (so other people can hear the movie). If you are hitting your friends, they probably won’t want to play with …