They Say I Have ADHD (A Poem About a Different Perspective)

They Say I Have ADHD (A Poem About a Different Perspective)

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They say I have ASD, or ADHD or ODD. I say I’m just me. They tell me I’m different and that’s special; but they want to make me like them I think. Do they have goals for me? What are they? This doctor said I have only one disorder, but the other one said IContinue Reading

5 Effective Anger Management Tips for Kids (or Adults)

5 Effective Anger Management Tips for Kids (or Adults)

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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-solvingContinue Reading

Are You Using This Number One Strategy to Get Your Children to Listen?

Are You Using This Number One Strategy to Get Your Children to Listen?

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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 areContinue Reading

How to Inspire More Girls to Take Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

How to Inspire More Girls to Take Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

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According to the study, “Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation,” women are vastly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs in the US. The report further states that women hold less than 25 % of STEM jobs. They also hold a disproportionately low share of STEM undergraduate degrees, particularly in Engineering.Continue Reading

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

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

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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 toContinue Reading

Being Active in Nature Improves Mental and Physical Health for Kids: Infographic

Being Active in Nature Improves Mental and Physical Health for Kids: Infographic

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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 himContinue Reading

Infographic Provides Insight to Help Teens Handle Cyberbullying

Infographic Provides Insight to Help Teens Handle Cyberbullying

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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-timeContinue Reading

How School Counselors and Teachers Can Work Together to Promote Social-Emotional Learning

How School Counselors and Teachers Can Work Together to Promote Social-Emotional Learning

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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 orderContinue Reading

An Interactive Story to Teach Kids About Restaurant Behavior

An Interactive Story to Teach Kids About Restaurant Behavior

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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.Continue Reading

The Benefits of Including a Self Defense Program in Middle School Physical Education

The Benefits of Including a Self Defense Program in Middle School Physical Education

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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 aboutContinue Reading

When Should a Child Be Evaluated for an Emotional Disturbance in School?

When Should a Child Be Evaluated for an Emotional Disturbance in School?

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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 IndividualsContinue Reading

What Will Classrooms of the Future Look Like & How Will They Engage Our Students?

What Will Classrooms of the Future Look Like & How Will They Engage Our Students?

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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 classroomsContinue Reading

6 Ways to Help Students With ADHD Manage the College Application Period

6 Ways to Help Students With ADHD Manage the College Application Period

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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 plentyContinue Reading

What Is a Functional Behavior Assessment & Is It Effective?

What Is a Functional Behavior Assessment & Is It Effective?

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What is a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)? An FBA is a research-based method used to figure out why a child is behaving a certain way in the school setting (an FBA can also be done in a residential treatment center or at home if a child is receiving mental health services there; parents can also thinkContinue Reading

Effective Program Helps Young Children Learn to Read

Effective Program Helps Young Children Learn to Read

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Recently I came across a step-by-step program that helps parents easily teach their young children to read. The authors, Jim (a reading teacher) and his wife Elena, developed the Children Learning Reading program, and used it to teach their own children to read before turning 3 years old. Who Is the Program Designed For? The Children Learning ReadingContinue Reading