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Roots of Empathy: A Research-Based Program that Counters Bullying

In Bullying, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

What is Roots of Empathy? Roots of Empathy is a research-based program with a long-term goal to create a society of adults who are responsible/well-mannered citizens that use positive parenting methods. The overall short-term goal of the program focuses on raising levels of empathy, resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduced levels of bullying and aggression. Empathy is defined …

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

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

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 70 publications and a former Research Associate …

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Intensive Interaction – A Research-Based Approach that Aims to Improve Communication for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Parents, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Ditte

By dittDitte Rose Andersen, MSc in Psychology, Intensive Interaction Denmark Intensive Interaction is a research-based approach that helps children and adults with disabilities develop social interaction and communication. In Intensive Interaction this happens through shared, meaningful and enjoyable activities. Social and communication learning is the central purpose of Intensive Interaction, and in this way, the approach addresses some of the …

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Find Out How One Teacher Stopped Bullying in Her Classroom!

In Bullying, Counselors, Educators, Inspirational Stories/Videos, Social-Emotional by Omolara Gbadamosi

By Omolara Gbadamosi Within the school environment, the classroom is a child’s home. It represents the family unit. Most likely, every class will always have at least one child that seems out of place and other children will notice the awkwardness. Personally, I do not think oppression is the problem because it is part of human nature and likely to …

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8 Fun Activities to Practice Social Skills with Your Child

In Counselors, Fun Ideas, Parents, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

This article gives several fun social skills activities that you can do with your child. While the activities are described in a one on one format between parent and child, many of them can also be used with a group of children such as siblings, students, or clients in a group therapy setting. Parents, teachers, school counselors, psychologists, and speech/language …

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A Story to Teach Kids to Calmly Respond to the Word No

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Fun Ideas, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Social Stories, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

If you have read my articles on positive behavior support, you know that I am not a big fan of simply using the word “no” when it comes to telling kids what they can’t have. Research and my own experiences show that telling kids what they can have instead, empathizing with their feelings, offering choices, and explaining the reason for …

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5 Great Activities to Do with Your Social Skills Group

In Counselors, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

Working in the public school system for many years, I often heard guidance counselors asking for advice about the kinds of activities they should do with their social skills groups. Students in the group often had difficulty with skills such as listening, waiting their turn in conversation, staying on topic, sharing materials, understanding another person’s feelings, getting along with others, …

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Help Your Child Find Their Voice (Part 1)

In Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

When September begins, families everywhere rev up for another school year. Some children view the start of a new school year as the opportunity to re-connect with old friends, participate in extra-curricular activities, and learn exciting new subjects. For some children though the dawn of a new school year is preparing to go to battle. Another year in the trenches …