Behavior Strategies

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

A Social Story to Prepare Children for Doctor’s Appointments

A Social Story to Prepare Children for Doctor’s Appointments

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Below you will find a social story about going to the doctor, to help children prepare for check-ups/appointments. Social stories are a research-based tool used to help children prepare for real-life events. They can help ease anxiety or set expectations for behavior in certain situations. Social stories are often used for children with autism spectrum disordersContinue Reading

Does Research Say that Weighted Vests & Blankets Help People with Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety?

Does Research Say that Weighted Vests & Blankets Help People with Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety?

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Working in public schools for over 10 years, I frequently saw occupational therapists utilizing weighted vests with students diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder.(ASD). When I asked about the purpose of the vests, I was told that they have a calming effect because they give the wearer a sense ofContinue Reading

8 Major Principles of Positive Behavior Support

8 Major Principles of Positive Behavior Support

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While in graduate school for education and school psychology, I learned about the principles of positive behavior support, a research-based practice. At the time, I was working in a group home with individuals with a variety of emotional and behavioral needs. I knew this was the perfect setting to implement my newly learned strategies. I immediately sawContinue Reading

Five Helpful Fidget Tools for Kids with Autism & ADHD! (Fidgeting Improves Focus)

Five Helpful Fidget Tools for Kids with Autism & ADHD! (Fidgeting Improves Focus)

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A recent study on ADHD indicates that fidgeting actually improves, not hinders, focus. Maybe it is time to stop telling our kids to “sit still” or “stop playing with that.” Speaking from personal experience, I know that I actually focus better on verbal input when my hands or feet are moving in some way. What about you?Continue Reading

Please Stop Saying ADHD Isn’t Real! Here’s Why!

Please Stop Saying ADHD Isn’t Real! Here’s Why!

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If you are not familiar with the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), below is an image of the the diagnostic criteria reported in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders-Fifth Edition (DSM-V), which is the manual utilized by doctors (i.e., psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians) to diagnose ADHD. After the image, I will discuss myContinue Reading

How to Handle Temper Tantrums (Home & School)

How to Handle Temper Tantrums (Home & School)

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This is Part 2 of a Series. Please see Part 1: How to Prevent Temper Tantrums in order for Part 2 to make sense. It is not recommended that you read Part 2 without reading Part 1 first. Continuation from Part 1: If your child argues, cries, begs, pleads, throw herself on the floor, etc., even afterContinue Reading

How to Prevent Temper Tantrums (Home & School)

How to Prevent Temper Tantrums (Home & School)

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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 links to more information within the article.  This is Part 1 of a series. Part 2Continue Reading

An Interactive Story about What School Is Like and How to Behave

An Interactive Story about What School Is Like and How to Behave

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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 child to practice reading skills. Social stories are a research-based tool used to help childrenContinue Reading

How to Set Up the Classroom for Students with Autism and ADHD

How to Set Up the Classroom for Students with Autism and ADHD

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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 children who have trouble understanding language would also benefit from some of these strategies. Every person is a unique individual,Continue Reading