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Roots of Empathy: A Research-Based Program that Counters Bullying

In Bullying, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

What is Roots of Empathy? Roots of Empathy is a research-based program with a long-term goal to create a society of adults who are responsible/well-mannered citizens that use positive parenting methods. The overall short-term goal of the program focuses on raising levels of empathy, resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduced levels of bullying and aggression. Empathy is defined …

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Find Out How One Teacher Stopped Bullying in Her Classroom!

In Bullying, Counselors, Educators, Inspirational Stories/Videos, Social-Emotional by Omolara Gbadamosi

By Omolara Gbadamosi Within the school environment, the classroom is a child’s home. It represents the family unit. Most likely, every class will always have at least one child that seems out of place and other children will notice the awkwardness. Personally, I do not think oppression is the problem because it is part of human nature and likely to …

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Is Labeling Children Good or Bad? The View of a School Psychologist

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

I am a school psychologist. My main job is to evaluate students to see if they are eligible for special education. In order for a child to be eligible they have to meet criteria for one of 14 disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). If they do not meet criteria for at least one of these …

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8 Fun Activities to Practice Social Skills with Your Child

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

This article gives several fun social skills activities that you can do with your child. While the activities are described in a one on one format between parent and child, many of them can also be used with a group of children such as siblings, students, or clients in a group therapy setting. Parents, teachers, school counselors, psychologists, and speech/language …

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What Is Cyber School Like? 10 Facts About the K – 12 Experience

In Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Homeschool & Cyber School Info, Parents by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Have you ever wondered what cyber school is like? Working as an independent contractor school psychologist for grades K to 12, I work with a variety of types of schools, including charter schools, cyber schools (which may be run by a charter or district school), public schools, and private schools (secular and non-secular). My primary role is to evaluate students …

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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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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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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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5 Great Activities to Do with Your Social Skills Group

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

Working in the public school system for many years, I often heard guidance counselors asking for advice about the kinds of activities they should do with their social skills groups. Students in the group 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 others, …