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Tips to Help a Child Not Be Alone at Recess or in the Cafeteria

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

If you are an educator and you see that a child is constantly alone at recess or lunch, call a meeting, come up with a plan, do something to help that child. Research supports the notion that there are strategies we can use to help a child not be alone at recess, such as more structured play time, incorporating more …

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3 Therapeutic Benefits of Beading for Children

In Counselors, Educators, Parents, Social-Emotional, Special Education by Rachel Shai

The art of beading is about so much more than creating beautiful pieces of jewelry or home décor. In addition to being an enjoyable hobby that is appropriate for people of all ages, beading has therapeutic benefits. Bead therapy is used in hospitals, clinics and other settings to help both kids and adults in numerous ways. While crafts like beading …

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How Do Positive Role Models Affect Our Youth and Communities?

In Behavior Support, Counselors, Parents, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

Research findings indicate that adolescents who can identify a positive role model in their lives have higher grades and self-esteem than those who can’t, particularly when the youth knows their role model on a personal level. Positive role models are also shown to decrease a youth’s potential for risky behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse, sexual intercourse, and violence. …

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6 Ways to Encourage Health and Happiness in Your Child

In Anxiety/Depression, Children's Health, Parents, Social-Emotional by Sylvia Smith

The future of your child’s emotional, physical, and mental well-being is important to you. Whether it is developing great friendships, doing well in school, or making strong family bonds, you want to help them find happiness. You want them to be successful, and have a health lifestyle both mentally and physically. Nourishing your child, will help increase their chances of …

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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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Does Increasing Physical Activity in School Lead to Improvements in Academic Achievement and Behavior?

In Behavior Strategies, Children's Health, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Free Advice, Social-Emotional, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Recently, one of our readers asked about the effects of physical activity on academic performance. Here is what the research says… The American Academy of Pediatrics (APA) analyzed 26 individual studies in December 2017, which all examined the impact of physical activity on academic performance and/or classroom behavior. Results indicated that if schools increase students’ physical activity, they can significantly …

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15 Ideas to Build a Child’s Self-Esteem

In Behavior Strategies, Educators, Parents, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

1) Children should not be torn down before they have a chance to fly. Be kind to them. Compliment them. Let them know when you are proud and when they are doing well! Refrain from insulting, sarcastic, condescending, or passive aggressive remarks. 2) Children deserve to be heard (they have concerns which feel very real to them just like we …