Engaging Cooperation through Choice and Preference

By Shelley Clarke & Meme Hieneman

We’re going to begin this article by stating the obvious: “People perform better – and, in general, behave better – when they feel that they have some control over their circumstances and actions.”  This includes children with special needs, especially if their opportunities to exert this type of influence have been limited in the past. …

New School Climate and Discipline Guidelines Released by the Federal Government

Many schools try to be fair when disciplining students, but it’s challenging. Recent studies confirm that African-American students and students who have disabilities are far more likely to be suspended, arrested or kicked out of school than their fellow students. This can result in a school-to-prison outcome for some students.…

The Most Common Errors Kids (And Others) Make Online

Editor’s note: With all of the smart phones, laptops and online video games given and received this holiday season, we all need a refresher on how to stay safe and keep our children safe online. New research shows that mobile media use among young children has tripled in the last two years (Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America 2013 , Common Sense Media).…