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Self-Monitoring Apps Help Students Improve Behavior and Time On-Task

In ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

Teachers often report that keeping students focused on the task at hand is a challenge. While there are many strategies to improve time on-task and behavior in the classroom, research studies support the use of self-monitoring apps as one method for making a positive difference for students. For more on this research see: Implementation of a self-monitoring application to improve …

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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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Calling Parents About Students’ “Misbehavior” in School

In Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

Many times parents are bombarded with phone calls and meetings from the school about how their child is behaving. While it is highly important for a parent to impress upon their child the importance of education, following adult directions, being respectful, and learning all they can to be a knowledgeable well-rounded individual; there is only so much a parent can …

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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 …

Visual Schedule Templates & Related Materials

In Uncategorized by Rachel Wise

1 – After School Routine 2 – Sample After-School Visual Schedule for Kids with Sensory Needs or Impulsive/Hyperactive Behaviors  This schedule is broken into four mini schedules for children who may get overwhelmed with two many steps in one schedule. 3 – First-Then template Visual Countdown Template You may want to use Velcro and a Laminator to make this sturdy and reusable. See …

Music Therapy and Benefits for Children with ADHD

In Uncategorized by Rachel Wise

You know how when you’re having a rough day or you need to get motivated to work, putting on your favorite music can transform your entire mood? As anecdotal as that sounds, research shows that music is useful as a therapeutic tool. In fact, music therapy has been used since the early 20th century as medical professionals observed positive patient reactions …

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Five Research-Based Interventions for Treating Youth with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

In Counselors, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents by Rachel Wise

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is defined by the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the book clinicians use to diagnose ODD, as: There are five research-based therapeutic strategies for treating ODD in children/adolescents. These strategies are referred to as psycho-social therapies, and are described in further detail below:Five Therapeutic Strategies for ODD1. Parental Management Training (PMT) PMT includes …