Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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

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 Use Natural and Logical Consequences to Improve Children’s Behavior

How to Use Natural and Logical Consequences to Improve Children’s Behavior

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What are Natural Consequences? Natural consequences are consequences that occur naturally as the result of a behavior. For instance, if you were talking and being loud in the movie theater you might be asked to leave (so other people can hear the movie). If you are hitting your friends, they probably won’t want to playContinue Reading

Mommy, Can You See Me?

Mommy, Can You See Me?

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One day I sat in the waiting room of a doctor’s office waiting for my appointment, while a mother was in there with her little boy (around 6 years old). The mother was sitting in a chair looking at her phone while she and her son waited for the doctor to call them in. TheContinue Reading

Research Says We Can Help Kids of All Ages Develop Empathy-Find Out How!

Research Says We Can Help Kids of All Ages Develop Empathy-Find Out How!

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  What is Empathy? Empathy is defined as “the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions; the ability to share someone else’s feelings” Interestingly, research demonstrates an impressive correlation between students’ training and skills in empathetic understanding and their academic performance. Kathleen Cotton, the author or coauthor of more than 70Continue Reading

Sample After-School Visual Schedule for Kids with Sensory Needs or Impulsive/Hyperactive Behaviors

Sample After-School Visual Schedule for Kids with Sensory Needs or Impulsive/Hyperactive Behaviors

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If you have read some of my other articles on behavior then you know that I am a big advocate of using schedules with children to increase confidence, cooperation, and accountability; and to reduce tantrums and frustration. Schedules can be used daily or just to help a child understand what will happen over the nextContinue Reading

Is Labeling Children Good or Bad? The View of a School Psychologist

Is Labeling Children Good or Bad? The View of a School Psychologist

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I am a school psychologist. My main job is to evaluate students to see if they are eligible for special education. In order for a child to be eligible they have to meet criteria for one of 13 disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). If they do not meet criteria for atContinue Reading

How to Prevent and Handle Temper Tantrums

How to Prevent and Handle Temper Tantrums

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Preface This article illustrates ways for adults to change their own behaviors, in order to prevent and appropriately respond to temper tantrums. In my experience, adults who have or work with children with behavior challenges are often surprised to hear that they have to change their own behaviors or change the environment to meet theContinue Reading

What Can You Do if Your Child is Having Persistent Problems in School? (Tips for Parents)

What Can You Do if Your Child is Having Persistent Problems in School? (Tips for Parents)

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The contents in this article refer to public schools in the United States. If your child attends private school or school outside of the United States, speak to your child’s school to find out if their policies for addressing the matters discussed in this article are the same or different. When Would You Request anContinue Reading