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Educationandbehavior.com was founded in January 2014, by licensed behavior specialist and certified school psychologist, Rachel Wise.

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Top 10 Discipline Tips for Kids with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

(Español) Raising a child with oppositional defiant disorder can be extremely frustrating because you feel like everything is a constant battle. You just want your child to do his homework, pick up his toys, get dressed for school, etc. and ...
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5 Great Activities to Do with Your Social Skills Group (Adolescents/Teens)

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 adolescent social skills groups. Students in the groups often had difficulty with skills ...
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17 Ways to Get Your Kids to Listen to You and Show You Respect

This article gives you tips that teach you how to get your kids to listen to you, show you respect, and connect with you. Working as a residential counselor, behavior specialist, school psychologist, assistant teacher, tutor, mobile therapist, and babysitter, ...
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14 Strategies to Help Children with ADHD in the Classroom or at Home

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 ...
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How to Use the Visualizing and Verbalizing Strategy to Improve Reading Comprehension

Visualizing and Verbalizing (V/V) is a research-based reading strategy for parents and educators to utilize with children (or adults) who have trouble with reading comprehension. Visualizing and Verbalizing was created by Nanci Bell, an expert in the treatment of language ...
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How to Set Up the Classroom for Students with Autism and ADHD

This article gives a number of strategies that you can use in the classroom (or at home) to create a physical environment that helps meet the educational and behavioral needs of individuals with autism or ADHD. Very young children or ...
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An Interactive Story about What School Is Like and How to Behave

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 ...
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Math Strategies for Elementary School Students

4 Research-Based Strategies Parents & Teachers Can Use to Teach Basic Math

When teaching math to kids, it is important to follow the natural progression of how they learn best. When children learn language, they first learn the name on an object by someone else pointing to it or touching it and ...
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Printable Classroom Rules with Matching Visuals

Set Up Your Rules Having 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 ...
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15 Behavior Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum

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 ...
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How To Use Schedules to Improve Children’s Behavior

This article discusses how to use schedules with children to promote positive behaviors. Strategies can also be utilized with adults with special needs. Using visual schedules for individuals who may have trouble with reading or language is discussed as well. Schedules can ...
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9 Practical Strategies to Decrease Impulsive Behaviors in Children

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 ...
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10 Simple Ways to Improve Children’s Behavior (Home and School)

Parents and teachers often wonder how to discipline a child with behavior problems. Although some children truly have challenging behaviors regardless of what strategies we try, many children just need to have the adults in their lives make changes in the ...
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3 Ways to Use Timers to Encourage Homework and Chore Completion

Sometimes getting children to do chores or complete homework can be a challenging task for the adults in their lives. Timers are an excellent way to motivate your child or student(s) to complete tasks and follow directions. Research and reputable resources ...
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Please Don’t Take Away My Recess-A Poem About ADHD

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 ...
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How to Help Your Child with Handwriting and Pencil Grip

When learning to write, some children have difficulty developing an effective pencil grip. Holding a pencil with the right grip and appropriate amount of strength can make a big difference in a child’s handwriting. Parents and teachers can use strategies to help ...
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5 Great Activities to Do with Your Social Skills Group

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 ...
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How to Motivate Your Students and Get Them to Listen to You (39 Effective Strategies for Classroom Management)

This article (and video presentation which you will find at the end) gives you 39 effective classroom management strategies to help you get your students motivated to complete their work and follow the classroom rules and expectations. These strategies may not be ...
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12 Research-Based Spelling Strategies Parents Can Try at Home

Preface: In this article you will find a variety of fun and engaging ways to implement research-based spelling strategies such as teaching phonemic awareness, (a strategy to help students understand letter-sound correspondence and the individual parts that make up words) and morphological awareness (understanding/recognizing ...
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3 Research-Based Reading Comprehension Strategies Parents Can Try at Home: Chunking. Monitoring, and Listening

This article discusses how to use chunking, monitoring, and listening strategies to improve reading comprehension. What is Chunking? Chunking means to break up text that may be too long or difficult for a child, into manageable sections or "chunks." Chunking ...
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8 Fun Activities to Practice Social Skills with Your Child

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 ...
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How to Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Reading Comprehension, Writing, Listening, Note Taking, and Study Skills

A graphic organizer provides learners with a visual representation of information, concepts, or ideas. Graphic organizers are often used to help children understand what they are reading or to organize information in order to report it, such as through writing ...
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5 Research-Based Reading Strategies for Teaching Phonemic Awareness: An Early Reading Skill

Phonemic awareness is an important skill to teach kids who are getting ready to learn to read or who are struggling to get the hang of basic reading. Phonemic awareness is an understanding of phonemes and how they work together ...
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How to Prevent Temper Tantrums (Home & School)

The contents of this article are based on my graduate school training as a school psychologist and behavior specialist, research studies on behavior, and 20 years of experience working with children with a variety of challenging behaviors. You will find ...
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25 Privileges You Can Let Your Child Earn for Good Behavior

Preface: The method discussed in this article may not be necessary for all children. These are suggestions to help with a child who has difficulty following rules/expectations at home. And...this is one strategy. As you know, many strategies work together ...
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3 Effective Strategies for Kids to Solve Math Word Problems

Do you know a child who needs help with math word problems? Some children need to be taught specific strategies that they can use to solve the problem. These are strategies that can be taught at home by parents/tutors or at ...
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10 Great Educational Songs for Kids: 1st to 3rd Grade

Music is a great way to get kids excited about learning and help them remember what they learn. A catchy tune with easy to remember lyrics will leave a lasting impression, helping to in-grain educational concepts into a child's memory ...
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