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A Social Story to Prepare Children for Doctor's Appointments

In Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Parents, Social Stories by Rachel Wise

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 disorders (ASD), anxiety disorders, or for …

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

In ADHD, Anxiety/Depression, Autism, Autism Spectrum, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Parents by Rachel Wise

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 of deep pressure, which some children …

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8 Major Principles of Positive Behavior Support

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

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 would be the perfect setting to implement my newly learned strategies. I immediately saw the positive …

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

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

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? Additionally, many occupational therapists, experienced in working …

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

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

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 my thoughts about the popular claim …

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How to Handle Temper Tantrums (Home & School)

In Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Educators, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents by Rachel Wise

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 after implementing the strategies in Part …

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How to Prevent Temper Tantrums (Home & School)

In Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Educators, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

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 2 is How to Handle Temper …

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

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Fun Ideas, Parents, Social Stories by Rachel Wise

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 children prepare for real-life events. They …

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

In ADHD, Autism, Autism Spectrum, Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators by Rachel Wise

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, so in a group situation …

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Top 10 Discipline Tips for Kids with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

In Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Educators, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents by Rachel Wise

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. Version en EspañolAs a behavior specialist and school psychologist I have had many parents and …