Social Skills

12 Fun Free Games to Play with Your Little One

12 Fun Free Games to Play with Your Little One

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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 theyContinue Reading

Theatre Teacher Shares Three Techniques to Increase Empathy in Students

Theatre Teacher Shares Three Techniques to Increase Empathy in Students

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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 typesContinue Reading

5 Great Books to Teach Young Children About Empathy

5 Great Books to Teach Young Children About Empathy

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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 alsoContinue Reading

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

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

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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 anotherContinue Reading

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 70 publicationsContinue 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 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, theContinue 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