Behavior Strategies

Top 10 Discipline Tips for Kids with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Top 10 Discipline Tips for Kids with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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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 you are constantly faced with refusal. As a behavior specialist and school psychologist I have hadContinue Reading

17 Ways to Get Your Kids to Listen to You and Show You Respect

17 Ways to Get Your Kids to Listen to You and Show You Respect

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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, school psychologist, assistant teacher, tutor, mobile therapist, and babysitter, I have used all the strategies in this article with my own clients and students (except the onesContinue Reading

12 Ways Schools Can Support Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

12 Ways Schools Can Support Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

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As a behavior specialist and school psychologist, I often hear parents of children on the autism spectrum asking what support schools can provide for their child. Children with autism often have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in school to enable them to have specific goals, accommodations, and modifications; however, some parents are unsure what should actuallyContinue Reading

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

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

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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 what you are used to and might require changes on your part. While there isContinue Reading

Printable Classroom Rules with Matching Visuals

Printable Classroom Rules with Matching Visuals

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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 (3 to 5 is a good rule of thumb), and phrase them in the positiveContinue Reading

How to Talk to Kids to Improve Behavior

How to Talk to Kids to Improve Behavior

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I can tell you from over 19 years of experience, that being calm, encouraging, positive, patient, and consistent far outweighs yelling, punishment, and threats in any situation with any child, regardless of what you believe has or hasn’t worked in the past. Research and experience show that positive parenting/teaching strategies win every time and why isContinue Reading

Exercise Ideas to Support Kids with Autism & ADHD

Exercise Ideas to Support Kids with Autism & ADHD

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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 treatmentContinue Reading

9 Practical Strategies to Decrease Impulsive Behaviors in Children

9 Practical Strategies to Decrease Impulsive Behaviors in Children

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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 engage in impulsive behaviors, but impulsive behaviors do not necessarily indicate that a person hasContinue Reading

Please Don’t Take Away My Recess-A Poem About ADHD

Please Don’t Take Away My Recess-A Poem About ADHD

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  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. It’s so much easier to concentrate when I’m not forced to sit for anContinue Reading

14 Strategies to Help Children with ADHD in the Classroom or at Home

14 Strategies to Help Children with ADHD in the Classroom or at Home

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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 school. They often get yelled at, lose recess time, get put in time out, getContinue Reading