Social Skills

9 Practical Strategies to Decrease Impulsive Behaviors in Children

9 Practical Strategies to Decrease Impulsive Behaviors in Children

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Impulsive behaviors can make everyday situations challenging for your child and the people in his/her life. Impulsive behaviors are defined as actions that occur quickly and seem to happen without thinking or considering the consequences. Children diagnosed with ADHD often engage in impulsive behaviors, but impulsive behaviors do not necessarily indicate that a person hasContinue Reading

A Message for All Kids

A Message for All Kids

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• You are more than just a kid. You are special for being alive. You are light and hope. You are priceless and worth more than you could ever imagine! • What other people say doesn’t change who you are. • You are at your best when you love and believe in yourself. • WhenContinue Reading

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

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

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  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 ofContinue 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

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

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

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By Dr. Ditte Rose Andersen, 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 addressesContinue Reading

5 Highly-Rated Kids Games For Practicing Social Skills

5 Highly-Rated Kids Games For Practicing Social Skills

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Games are a great way to get kids involved in learning. Games make the lesson feel fun and less forced. Just like we are taught reading, writing, and math, some kids need to be taught social skills such as cooperating with peers, controlling emotions, using manners, building empathy, having conversations, and following directions. Some kidsContinue Reading

8 Fun Activities to Practice Social Skills with Your Child

8 Fun Activities to Practice Social Skills with Your Child

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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,Continue Reading

Top 4 Tips for Parenting an Introverted Child

Top 4 Tips for Parenting an Introverted Child

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Are you concerned because your child is not outgoing and doesn’t have many friends? Do you want your child to make friends and hang out with them instead of sitting alone in their room? Some parents consider this behavior to be abnormal or simply wrong. They don’t want their children to be shy or stayContinue Reading

5 Great Activities to Do with Your Social Skills Group

5 Great Activities to Do with Your Social Skills Group

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Working in the public school system for many years, I often heard guidance counselors asking for advice about the kind of activities they should do with their social skills groups. Kids in the group often had difficulty with skills such as listening, waiting their turn in conversation, staying on topic, sharing materials, understanding another person’sContinue Reading

Help Your Child Find Their Voice (Part 1)

Help Your Child Find Their Voice (Part 1)

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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.Continue Reading