Social Emotional Learning, Part 3: Tools for Regulation and Resiliency

A Brief Overview Behavior is a form of communication. So-called “bad” behavior might mean that a child doesn’t know how to cope with an overwhelming, confusing situation. Research shows that children who are taught self-regulation learn better at school. This article describes a few practical tools and techniques to help children manage their emotions and Read More

Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) in Schools

By Kelcey Schmitz, MSEd Center for Strong Schools University of Washington Tacoma We wouldn’t exclude, humiliate or send a child home for making an academic error. However, when it comes to misbehavior, a typical response has been to punish or wait until the behavior escalates or occurs at a high rate or intensity before intervening. Read More

Positive Behavior Supports: Continuing the model at home and in the community

By: Dr. Vanessa Tucker, PhD., BCBA-D What is Positive Behavior Support? Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a special education initiative that informs school districts, schools and classrooms regarding prevention and intervention practices designed to teach and reinforce pro-social behaviors. Behavior supports, as we parents well know, do not end at the schoolhouse door. Interfering behaviors Read More

Technology and the IEP

Introduction Assistive technology (AT) is redefining the possibilities of children and adults who have a wide range of cognitive and physical disabilities.  In the home, the classroom, workplace, and the community, AT enables individuals with disabilities to be more independent, self-confident, productive, and more included into a variety of settings. Assistive technology includes thousands of Read More

Response to Intervention (RTI) – Support for Struggling Students

Brief overview Students struggle in school for different reasons. RTI is an acceptable way of identifying students with learning disabilities. RTI isn’t a specific program or type of teaching. RTI works on a tier system with three levels of intervention. Full Article Students struggle in school for different reasons. Response to Intervention (RTI)  can help Read More