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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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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.

Motivation: The Key to Academic Success

Motivation is key to school success. Just as the actor asks a director, "What is my motivation, for this scene?," the child turns to teachers, parents, and peers to discover the "why" of learning. Motivation is often defined as a need or drive that energizes behavior toward a goal.

Ten Ways We Distort Our Thoughts

Who is Testing Whom?

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.


Family mealtimes are a great way to reinforce communication skills and promote early literacy and good behavior with your child. Read on to learn how to with some simple activities designed to encourage language, problem solving, good habits.

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

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