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Behavior & Social Skills

Social competence and emotional well-being are issues for some adults and children with learning disabilities. Being liked, feeling accepted, and having self-confidence are all related to an individual’s social skills. Included in this section are the “dos and don'ts” for fostering social competence, the teacher’s role in developing social skills, and many helpful articles on behavior modification, anger management, disciplining students with disabilities, and the emotional issues experienced by some individuals with LD.

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A Therapeutic Environment Called School: How Charismatic Adults Can Help Kids with LD

All children with learning disabilities need "charismatic adults" in their lives at school. These are educators who enthusiastically and purposefully accept students for who they are and identify and reinforce the strengths of all students. They perceive all students as being capable of succeeding at academic and social demands as long as they are provided with appropriate interventions.

Loneliness, Self-Efficacy, and Hope: Often Neglected Dimensions of the LD Learning Process

Students with learning disabilities often feel lonely and socially isolated in school. Learn more about how families can help their children build resilience, self-esteem, motivation, and family relationships.

Facilitating Success for Students with Language-Based Learning Disabilities

For students with learning disabilities (LD), a sense of competence and ability (also known as self-efficacy) plays a vital role in their social and emotional development as well as academic achievement. Discover how educators can adapt their teaching style to support social and emotional development (including self-efficacy) in students with language-based LD.

Teaching Students with Disabilities about Online Safety

What Are Classrooms Like for Students with Learning Disabilities?

Classrooms can be perilous in a number of ways for students with learning disabilities. Here are some tips to remember when working with students with LD.

Novel Excerpt: Project June Bug

Why Are There So Many Different Medications to Treat ADHD?

Dr. Larry Silver outlines the science behind ADHD medications and explains why there are fewer choices than you may think.

Paths to Inclusion

Coaching Kids With LD and ADHD in Sports

Coaching kids with LD and ADHD in sports involves challenges and rewards for parents and coaches alike.

Success Attributes Among Individuals With Learning Disabilities

Marshall Raskind, Ph.D., describes the specific success attributes he and his colleagues identified in their research among individuals with learning disabilities.

Self-Advocacy: A Valuable Skill for Your Teenager with LD

Teens with LD can learn to be their own best advocates by understanding their strengths and needs, identifying their goals, and communicating those to other people.

What Is the Relationship Between ADHD and Self-Control?

Kids with ADHD can seem spaced out one minute but hyper-focused the next. Learn why this occurs — and how trouble with self-control is at the heart of this paradox.

Online Safety for Children with LD

Many students with learning disabilities struggle with social interactions and appropriate behavior, putting them at greater risk for bullying, harassment, and victimization online. While the internet can be beneficial for developing social and technical skills, it's important to talk children with disabilities about online safety and responsibility.

Tips for Teaching LD Children About Online Safety

It's important to talk to children with learning disabilities about the potential dangers of sharing information over the internet. Here are some guidelines about what your child needs to know.

What Is Executive Functioning?

The term "executive functioning" has become a common buzzword in schools and psychology offices. This is more than just a passing fad. Find out what executive function is, and what specific abilities are covered under the umbrella term of executive functioning.

Helping Children with Executive Functioning Problems Stop Irritating Behavior

Children with executive functioning difficulties are often given to impulsive actions that can be seen as rude or irritating by others. Here are some strategies to help a child curb these behaviors.

Helping Children with Executive Functioning Problems to Manage Physical Impulsiveness

Physical impulsiveness — such as grabbing things, pushing and shoving others, hitting, etc. — can cause problems for a child with executive functioning difficulties. Review these strategies to help a child manage physical impulsiveness.

Helping Children with Executive Functioning Problems Turn In Their Homework

How can you help the child who does his homework, but then forgets to turn it in? Learn to help children with executive functioning problems plan and organize by reading these strategies.

How to Help Your Child with LD Have a Happy Holiday

The holiday season is a time for family togetherness, fun, and friendship. But children who struggle with social and behavioral problems can feel lonely and excluded during this happy time. This article gives you a dozen ways to help your child join the fun.

Children, Self-Control and 'Executive Function'

Experts say there are ways to improve problems with organizational skills. Mental health professionals, educators, and others use the term 'executive function' when talking about ways that people exercise self-control and the skills we need to organize our lives.

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