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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 WiseLeave a Comment

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 WiseLeave a Comment

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 KononovitchLeave a Comment

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, Counselors, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Social Skills, Social Stories, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise2 Comments

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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Theatre Teacher Shares Three Techniques to Increase Empathy in Students

In Counselors, Educators, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Desi CameronLeave a Comment

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 WiseLeave a Comment

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)

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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 another person’s feelings, getting along with …

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9 Practical Strategies to Decrease Impulsive Behaviors in Children

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Parents, Social Skills by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

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 has ADHD. Below Are Some Examples …