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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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Students with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: Study of Learning Disabilities and Social Adaptation

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.

Teaching Parents to Teach Their Children to be Prosocial

Teaching Social Skills to Kids Who Don't Yet Have Them

Teachers: Do your students have trouble getting along with others — and getting along with you? Do you tell them to stop doing it — but they keep on doing it? Learn to understand and teach your students with social skills problems. Learn why they have these problems and how to teach them better behavior. Read about Social Skills training and the steps to follow in implementing it.

Teaching Students with Disabilities about Online Safety

Teaching Tolerance

Ten Ways We Distort Our Thoughts

The Teacher's Role in Developing Social Skills

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.

Understanding Sensory Integration

Sensory integration is a theory that explains why children respond in a certain way to touch, sounds, and other senses. Some children have sensory integration dysfunction, which influences their behavior. Learn about this disorder and how to treat it.

Using Children's Literature to Teach Social Skills

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.

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.

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.

When the Child with Special Needs Goes Off to Summer Camp

Are your children in summer camp? Are you wondering how to support them while they are away? Rick Lavoie gives advice on how you can help children with learning disabilities have a great time this summer — and enjoy yourself more. For example, did you know it is better to send lots of short letters than a few long ones?

Who is Testing Whom?

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.

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