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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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Lazy Kid or Executive Dysfunction?

Learn to help your students with executive dysfunction organize themselves to do their schoolwork. Learn how executive dysfunction impacts their daily lives. Read tips to help them manage their time, their space, their materials, and ultimately their education.

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.

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

Environmental Modification of APD at Home

Emotional Disturbance

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.

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.

Art Therapy Technique

Lauren Ebel - Mentor Teacher

Lauren Ebel is a Special Education Teacher with the Fairfax County Public School in Fairfax, Virginia. She has taught in both public and private settings. She designed, wrote, and implemented "The Developmental Classroom", a speech and language-based primary program. She has worked with children who have learning disabilities and/or emotional problems, stating that many children with LD often experience emotional and behavioral outbursts. Two important classroom strategies she stresses are: (1) Laying ground rules for students and (2) Reinforcement of good behaviors. Her teaching involves much more as you will see as you learn about Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and Monsters.

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

Teaching Parents to Teach Their Children to be Prosocial

Developing Behavioral Intervention Plans: A Sequential Approach

Learn the rules from 1997 Amendments to IDEA for students who have behavior problems- including developing functional behavioral assessment and behavioral intervention plans, particularly as they pertain to discipline.

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

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

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Social Skills and Adults with Learning Disabilities

Dealing with Learning Disabilities in Relationships

Preventing Antisocial Behavior in Disabled and At-Risk

Interpersonal Understanding of Students with LD

Using Children's Literature to Teach Social Skills

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