Behavior Strategies

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

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

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

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 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

Does Research Show That Exercise Helps Kids with Autism & ADHD?

Does Research Show That Exercise Helps 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

10 Fun Activities to Do with Your Child at Home

10 Fun Activities to Do with Your Child at Home

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Doing things with your kids is a great way to make time fly while spending quality time together! It also keeps behavior problems down. An engaged child who feels good and is having fun, will be more likely to behave than a child with idle time on his/her hands who is trying to figure out whatContinue Reading

Responsive Classroom: Evidenced-Based Approach Improves Academics & Behavior

Responsive Classroom: Evidenced-Based Approach Improves Academics & Behavior

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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,Continue Reading

How To Use Schedules to Improve Children’s Behavior

How To Use Schedules to Improve Children’s Behavior

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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 make a positive difference in a child’s behavior in class or at home. When aContinue Reading

Evidence-Based Approach Improves Student Behavior & Engagement

Evidence-Based Approach Improves Student Behavior & Engagement

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Research indicates that when teachers use the 5-to-1 ratio approach in their classrooms, student behavior and engagement improves. What is the 5-to-1 Ratio? During the school day students and teachers share a number of interactions. For example, they discuss academic concepts and content and teachers provide feedback to students. Research supports the idea that havingContinue Reading