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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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Social Skills Deficits in Learning Disabilities: The Psychiatric Comorbity Hypothesis

Social Skills: The Bottom Line for Adult LD Success

Strategies for Teaching Youth with ADD and ADHD

Strategies that promote success for students with ADD and ADHD are described including behavior management, modification, preparing your students to learn at the beginning of the lesson, keeping the students on task, making the lessons more interesting and homework.

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.

Symptoms of Learning Disabilities

Rick Lavoie discusses the wide variety of behavioral symptoms associated 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 10 Essentials to Keep in Mind When Working with Children with LD

Rick Lavoie's essential 10-point philosophy for understanding and managing the behavior of children with learning disabilities.

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?

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