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Tips to Help a Child Not Be Alone at Recess or in the Cafeteria

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

If you are an educator and you see that a child is constantly alone at recess or lunch, call a meeting, come up with a plan, do something to help that child. Research supports the notion that there are strategies we can use to help a child not be alone at recess, such as more structured play time, incorporating more …

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3 Therapeutic Benefits of Beading for Children

In Counselors, Educators, Parents, Social-Emotional, Special Education by Rachel Shai

The art of beading is about so much more than creating beautiful pieces of jewelry or home décor. In addition to being an enjoyable hobby that is appropriate for people of all ages, beading has therapeutic benefits. Bead therapy is used in hospitals, clinics and other settings to help both kids and adults in numerous ways. While crafts like beading …

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How Do Positive Role Models Affect Our Youth and Communities?

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

Research findings indicate that adolescents who can identify a positive role model in their lives have higher grades and self-esteem than those who can’t, particularly when the youth knows their role model on a personal level. Positive role models are also shown to decrease a youth’s potential for risky behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse, sexual intercourse, and violence. …

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6 Ways to Encourage Health and Happiness in Your Child

In Anxiety/Depression, Children's Health, Parents, Social-Emotional by Sylvia Smith

The future of your child’s emotional, physical, and mental well-being is important to you. Whether it is developing great friendships, doing well in school, or making strong family bonds, you want to help them find happiness. You want them to be successful, and have a health lifestyle both mentally and physically. Nourishing your child, will help increase their chances of …

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3 Research-Based Programs That Improve Social-Emotional Skills in School-Aged Children

In Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Educators, Parents, Social Skills, Social-Emotional, Special Education by Rachel Wise

As a school psychologist, I have often heard teachers and parents express concerns about students’ abilities in the area of social skills, emotional regulation, and self-control. I am often given the task of making recommendations to support these students’ needs. Upon researching the topic, I came across three research-based programs that aim to help children improve these kinds of social-emotional …

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Does Increasing Physical Activity in School Lead to Improvements in Academic Achievement and Behavior?

In Behavior Strategies, Children's Health, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Free Advice, Social-Emotional, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Recently, one of our readers asked about the effects of physical activity on academic performance. Here is what the research says… The American Academy of Pediatrics (APA) analyzed 26 individual studies in December 2017, which all examined the impact of physical activity on academic performance and/or classroom behavior. Results indicated that if schools increase students’ physical activity, they can significantly …

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Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work? What Does the Research Say?

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

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy has become increasingly popular with therapists and the general public. Surveys completed by therapists indicate that CBT is quickly becoming the preferred method of treatment many clinicians utilize with their patients.  Additionally, individuals can utilize CBT self-help books to practice these techniques on their own, and this is becoming a popular trend. CBT is organized in a structured …

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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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Interactive Book Helps Kids Understand the Power of Positive Choices!

In Behavior Strategies, Social Skills, Social Stories, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

The book What Should Danny Do? contains nine stories in one. It is an interactive book that helps kids understand that their choices will shape their days, and ultimately their lives. Written in a “Choose Your Own Story” style, the book follows Danny, a Superhero-in-Training, through his day as he faces choices that kids face daily. As your child/student navigates …

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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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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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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 …