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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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9 Tips to Help Your Child Ease Their Fear of the Dentist

In Anxiety/Depression, Counselors, Parents by Shen Chao

Taking your children for their annual dentist visits is important to keep their teeth healthy as well as to encourage healthy oral hygiene habits early on. Dental anxiety in children is actually a major public health concern as it can lead to poor oral health. It is actually quite common if your child happens to be afraid of visiting the …

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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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Infographic Provides Insight to Help Youth Handle Cyberbullying

In Bullying, Counselors, Educators, Parents by Charlotte Williams

Do you remember a person who impacted you when you were a child? The other night I was with my family watching a major sporting event (the Super Bowl) on television from the comfort of my home. I might not have been tuned in to watch the big game, but more for the commercials, half-time entertainment, and a much anticipated …

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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 …

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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 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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3 Effective Research-Based Bullying Intervention Programs

In Bullying, Counselors, Educators, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

In my elementary and middle school years, I was a target for bullying and endured severe bullying from 5th through 9th grade. My confidence was not strong, my family was different from the average kid’s family in my school district, and I dressed a lot differently than the other girls in my school, due to the influence and style 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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A Social Story to Prepare Children for Doctor's Appointments

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 …