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3 Research-Based Programs That Improve Social-Emotional Skills in School-Aged Children

In Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Educators, Parents, Social Skills, Social-Emotional, Special Education by Rachel Wise

As a school psychologist, I have often heard teachers and parents express concerns about students’ abilities in the area of social skills, emotional regulation, and self-control. I am often given the task of making recommendations to support these students’ needs. Upon researching the topic, I came across three research-based programs that aim to help children improve these kinds of social-emotional …

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Engaging Social Studies Curriculum Shows Promise for Improving Social Skills in Students with Emotional and Behavioral Needs

In Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Social Skills, Social Stories, Social-Emotional, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Storypath offers a structure for organizing the social studies curriculum and an instructional strategy for teaching it. The strategy is based on the belief that children learn best when they are active participants in their own learning. When students have to create, role-play, come up with ideas, problem-solve, etc., they learn the material from the inside out. The structure and …

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Interactive Book Helps Kids Understand the Power of Positive Choices!

In Behavior Strategies, Social Skills, Social Stories, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

The book What Should Danny Do? contains nine stories in one. It is an interactive book that helps kids understand that their choices will shape their days, and ultimately their lives. Written in a “Choose Your Own Story” style, the book follows Danny, a Superhero-in-Training, through his day as he faces choices that kids face daily. As your child/student navigates …

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4-H Clubs Offer Hands-On Learning Opportunities for Kids Across the US

In Counselors, Educational Games and Programs, Hands-on Activities, Parents, Social Skills by Rachel Wise

What is a 4-H Club? 4-H clubs provide hands-on learning in science, healthy living, and citizenship. Kids build confidence, creativity and curiosity, along with life skills such as leadership and resiliency. 4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands, Health. Types of 4‑H Programs 4‑H programs are available through local 4‑H clubs, 4‑H camps, and in-school or after-school programs. With support from …

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How School Counselors and Teachers Can Work Together to Promote Social-Emotional Learning

In Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Syrenna Kononovitch

School is about more than learning academics. It is also a prime environment for promoting social and emotional learning (SEL). In recent years, the Every Student Succeeds Act has called attention to this need. This act requires that states measure school success with at least one non-academic indicator, such as communication, empathy, or conflict management. In order to effectively teach children important …

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An Interactive Story to Teach Kids About Restaurant Behavior

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

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. For example, in this story …

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12 Fun Free Games to Play with Your Little One

In Fun Ideas, Parents, Social Skills by Rachel Wise

In this article you will find 12 fun free games to play with your child. You probably heard of most of them, but this is a quick reminder. These games allow you to bond and create memories; while helping your child practice social skills. Games are a great way to pass the time and they give your child something to do. Many …

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Theatre Teacher Shares Three Techniques to Increase Empathy in Students

In Counselors, Educators, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Desi Cameron

As a theatre teacher and teacher educator, I believe empathy is central to building a respectful, caring, and compassionate community. Scholarly work on empathy reveals that empathy must be explicitly taught and practiced. In clinical psychologist Baron-Cohen’s book, Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty and Kindness (2012), he identifies two types of empathy: cognitive and affective. …

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5 Great Books to Teach Young Children About Empathy

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

As a behavior specialist and mobile therapist, I always loved using books to teach kids about a variety of social-emotional skills such as how to understand your feelings, how to be a friend, how to accept differences, how to develop empathy, how to solve a problem, how to be a good citizen, etc. Research also supports the benefits of using …

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5 Great Activities to Do with Your Social Skills Group (Adolescents/Teens)

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 adolescent social skills groups. Students in the groups 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 …