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Learning Disabilities and Extreme Patterns of Responding to Others

In addition to classroom challenges, one of the challenges facing students with learning disabilities or challenges is learning to curtail extremes in the way they respond to various social interactions and/or not getting their way when they want something. What do I mean by extreme patterns of behavior? There are essentially three ways that we […]

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Honey, Don’t Stare

Children are not the most tactful people in the world, especially when they’re very young.  They don’t understand that staring is rude, so it’s up to us to teach them.  Here are some ideas you can use instead of simply saying, “Honey, don’t stare” when someone is different. It’s not that children intend to be […]

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Choosing good Friends

Friends are an important part of childhood and you want to make sure that your child develops good friendships early on. It’s easiest to help them make the best choices for your children while they are young. Have your children invite their friends to play at your house. This gives you a chance to see […]

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Help Your Child’s Interruption Habit

Trying to teach your child not to interrupt can sometimes be an exercise in frustration.  Telling them there’s a time to interrupt (in case of a fire) and a time to not interrupt (boredom) isn’t enough. But putting these principles into practice is easier said than done, especially for a very verbal or high-energy child. […]

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Top Tips for Helping Your Preschooler Make New Friends

Preschoolers may not make friends naturally or easily. Depending on your preschooler’s temperament, making friends may be easy or challenging. Generally speaking, preschoolers do not often form lasting friendships with peers; their friendships tend to be fleeting. Bearing this in mind, you can help your preschooler learn to make new friends with a little help. […]

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Helping Shy Children Become Social Adults

Social science researchers suggest that around thirty percent of the population regularly experience the intense feelings of self-consciousness and shame associated with the experience of shyness. For children, shyness can be especially painful and intense because of limits on their ability to filter and balance shy feelings against other, more positive social experiences.  Shyness in […]

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Two and Three-Year-Old Children are Excellent Negotiators

Torgeir Alvestad, a researcher from the University of Gothenberg in Sweden, has written a fascinating thesis paper based on studying the play of two and three-year olds. He finds that children this age are able to negotiate during play. In these negotiations they demonstrated invention, creativity, enthusiasm, industry, involvement, activity and problem-solving strategies. The results show […]

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