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Fun Feelings Activities
Recognizing your own feelings and identifying the feelings of others are foundation skills for developing more involved social skills such as learning to cope with feelings and responding appropriately to the feelings of others. Provide Multiple Examples: Feelings can be difficult to teach...
Teaching Children to Understand and Respond to Feelings
Children often struggle not only with understanding their feelings, but also relating to other people’s feelings.  These skills are critical for personal well being and building relationships.  This article includes steps for teaching children to understand and manage their feelings...
How to Help Children Retain Skills over the Summer Break
Children often have a hard time retaining skills during the summer break.  Many parents enroll children in summer school or extended school year, but this often is an abbreviated and less structured version of the school day.  Even when children are educated at home, summer often...
Strategies for Teaching Children to Make Good Choices
Choice is a big part of people’s lives. We decide daily what to wear, what to do, and how to treat people.  Teaching children how to make good choices is critical for independence and self-control.  This article focuses on a variety of strategies for teaching choice making. Allow...
Routines and Routine Changes
Routines provide the structure many children need for moving through the day.  This article includes strategies for developing routines as well as ideas for helping children cope with schedule changes.1. Develop and Stick to a Routine – Caregivers set expectations and build stability by...
Getting Ready for Summer Break
1. Prepare Kids – Prepare children for the summer break while they are still in school.  Classrooms often have a countdown to summer, but including one in the home also is helpful.  Discuss summer break with children including when they will return to school and what they will do over...
Teaching Children To Practice Acts Of Kindness
Being kind to other people and yourself is important for being a good friend and being happy. Modeling kindness, reflecting on kind actions, and practicing acts of kindness can help children develop this skill.  This article includes strategies for helping children learn to be kind to other...
You Lied To Me!
Core Concepts: Some of the concrete, literal, black-and-white thinking kids that we work are often overheard saying things like, “That’s not fair!” or “You lied to me!”  Good example today.   A seven year-old girl was told by her mother that...
Ways to Increase Communication and Language
There are a variety of ways to increase communication depending on a child’s age and ability level.  Below are some ideas for increasing language and communication throughout the day. Expand Sentence Length – When children answer a question or request an item using one or two...
Teaching Children to Self-Manage Their Behavior
by Wendy C. Ward, M.A.T.Behavior self-management is the ability to monitor and adjust one’s own behavior. For teachers of students with noncompliant or disruptive behaviors, this would be a dream come true! When implementing this method, the teacher needs to initially be the primary...

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