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Noncompliance: A Symptom of Difficulty With Transitioning

Jessica Minahan | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Jessica Minahan

Transitions are among the most difficult times of the day for some students with anxiety. Transitions require flexibility and executive functioning skills. In school, students must transition frequently with little support; however, transition difficulties are at the root of many non-compliance incidents.

Hanging Tough: How Flexibility and Support Can Transform Traumatized Students

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Nancy Rappaport

Eva was having meltdowns during class and spent most of her time in the guidance counselor's office in tears. Her mother had schizophrenia and Eva was beyond worried. So when I broached the idea of enrolling Eva in a memoir workshop, I was surprised when she said yes.

Reduce Behavior Problems: Teach Students to Wait

Jessica Minahan | Posted 06.10.2013 | Parents
Jessica Minahan

Some students aren't able to wait. If we don't recognize "waiting" as an underdeveloped skill in these students, we miss the opportunity to support them while they wait, prevent behavior incidents and, most important, set them up for success in school.

Breaking Through a Student's Self-sabotage

Jessica Minahan | Posted 01.29.2013 | Education
Jessica Minahan

"Good job!" rolls off our tongues throughout the day, and most students are pleased to hear this positive reinforcement. But what do we do when a student rejects -- or even sabotages -- our praise?

Behavior Plans: Another Type of Teaching Plan

Jessica Minahan | Posted 07.30.2012 | Education
Jessica Minahan

Because misbehavior is symptomatic of an underlying disability that's intensified by situational triggers, behavior plans should more aptly be thought of as teaching plans.

Anxiety: The Hidden Disability That Affects One in Eight Children

Jessica Minahan | Posted 07.03.2012 | Education
Jessica Minahan

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America reports one in eight children suffer from anxiety disorders. Without intervention, they're at risk for poor performance, diminished learning and social/behavior problems in school.