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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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"Dos and Don'ts" for Fostering Social Competence

It can be difficult to help children develop social skills when it does not always come naturally to them. These quick tips offer ways for parents and teachers to foster social development in children with learning disabilities.

7 Techniques for Building Self-Esteem and Confidence

Seven field-tested strategies for building self-esteen and confidence at home and at school.

A Multisource Exploration of the Friendship Patterns of Children With and Without Learning Disabilities

Past research has shown that children with learning disabilities are at a greater risk of being rejected by their peers than those without LD. This study examines the friendship patterns of children to determine whether or not learning disabilities affect the quality or quantity of friendship.

A Ray of Hope in the Juvenile Justice System

Special needs adolescents face particular challenges from a behavioral point of view. This article describes how a local family court in New York examines more than just the crime for juvenile offenders, with special focus on proper educational placement.

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.

Addressing Student Problem Behavior

For years, educators have known that behavior difficulties can keep students from progressing properly in school. Laws today require educators to not only notice these difficulties, but take action. This article guides IEP team members through the necessary steps to develop a functional behavioral assessment and an appropriate behavior intervention plan. It is important to determine why the students are acting the way they do.

ADHD: Same Label, Different Settings

My overall approach in solving behavioral problems is crystallized in the title of a small book I wrote for School-Age Notes in 1995, Discipline in School-Age Care: Control the Climate, Not the Children. In it, I asked providers to think about an essential question: Do the behavior problems we see "live" within certain children and will they inevitably act out these unacceptable behaviors once they enter our space? Or do they "come alive" in our environments?

Advice to Kids with Learning or Social Problems About Siblings

Does your child with social skills difficulties have trouble with their brothers and sisters? Read them this advice which is written just for them! And then read the section for you, the parent. Richard Lavoie gives powerful advice on how all people in the family can get along.

Anger Overload in Children: Diagnostic and Treatment Issues

Anger overload is a condition in which a child becomes totally consumed by angry thoughts and feelings. This article describes diagnostic cues for anger overload and outlines effective treatment strategies.

Are Children with LD and/or ADHD at Greater Risk for Antisocial Behavior?

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Behavior Management: Getting to the Bottom of Social Skills Deficits

Behavior Modification in the Classroom

The effective use of behavioral and cognitive strategies in the classroom may appear daunting even to experienced teachers. However, changing your behavior and strategies is often the most efficient and effective means of improving all types of classroom behaviors, both disruptive and non-disruptive. This article describes how understanding these problems and seeing the world through the eyes of your students, and then developing and using a set of intervention strategies on a regular basis, problems of emotions and behavior can be effectively managed and changed in the classroom.

Blogs, Wikis and Text Messaging: What are the Implications for Students with Learning Disabilities

Blogs, wikis, and text messaging can help students with learning disabilities. Find out how to use them.

Bullying Among Children and Youth with Disabilities and Special Needs

Research indicates that children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders are more likely to be bullied. This article defines bullying and tells you how to help. Read about resources from The Stop Bullying Now! Campaign.

Bullying: Peer Abuse in Schools

Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Peer Relationships and Peer-Oriented Interventions

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.

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.

Curriculum-Based Assessment Procedures Embedded Within Functional Behavioral Assessments: Identifying Escape-Motivated Behaviors in a General Education Classroom.

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