Behavior/Social/Mental Health

Angry Kids:  Dealing with Explosive Behavior
How to respond when a child lashes out.
Niños furiosos: Cómo lidiar con la conducta explosive
Cómo responder cuando un niño arremete con violencia
Source:  Child Mind Institute

Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS)
Positive behavior support is now being implemented in a variety of places, including schools, early childhood, mental health, and child welfare settings, and organizations that provide services to adults with developmental disabilities. Individuals of all ages can benefit from positive behavior support from very young to old age.  APBS is an international organization dedicated to promoting research-based strategies that combine applied behavior analysis and biomedical science with person-centered values and systems change to increase the quality of life and decrease problem behaviors.

Behavior Assessment, Plans and Positive Supports
Why is a student exhibiting challenging behavior? Behavioral assessments can help you answer that question. They also are helpful in developing a behavioral intervention plan that reduces problem behavior, including positive behavior supports.

Behavior at Home
Having a child with challenging behavior can affect the entire family, and family members often find the need for more information and guidance in this difficult area. The resources are intended to connect families with resources and support.

Behavior at School
School presents a unique challenge for children with behavior issues. Teachers need tools to use to help provide support and guidance. Administrators need methods for creating a positive learning atmosphere within the entire school. Parents need information on how to work with school staff to address their child’s behavior challenges in the school setting. Included are resources that, hopefully, will give teachers, schools, and families the tools they need to create safe and positive learning environments for all children while providing the informed and positive behavior support that many students need to flourish.

Behavior Expertise
This page focuses on where to access expertise in behavior: the centers and projects that focus on it, behavior journals, professionals who can help, and a glossary of behavior terms.

Challenging Negative Thoughts
Depression, poor Self-Esteem, and anxiety are oftentimes resulting from the negativity that we receive from others or our own self-degradation.  Check out the link below and use the questions to self-evaluate your personal thoughts.  Each question is designed to lead you to look at your negative thoughts more objectively.

Confidence Boost, Finding the Words
An article on Socioemotional communication for children with developmental disabilities.
Source:  Denise M. Barrera, MPH

Educación Especial para Niños Especiales (Spanish)
Hay muchas cosas que usted y la escuela pueden hacer, tanto juntos como individualmente.

Dear Colleague Letter – Ensuring Equity and Providing Behavioral Supports to Students with Disabilities
Emphasizes the requirement that schools provide positive behavioral support to students with disabilities who need them. It also clarifies that the repeated use of disciplinary actions may suggest that children with disabilities may not be receiving appropriate behavioral interventions and support. Summary for Stakeholders regarding the above letter
Source:  US Department of Education, August 1, 2016

List of Emotions
Children oftentimes cannot express to parents, teachers, and peers how they feel when asked.  Emotions are hard to enunciate for children with developmental delays.  If they have a sore throat, they may tell you that their neck hurts.  As a parent, you can dig deeper into what is really going on with the, but for peers, they may struggle to determine exactly what your child is trying to express to them.  By using this list with the child, you can teach the child what different emotions look like and then add the associated word to the accompanying feeling.

Parents and professionals might also want to use this list to play a game of charades by writing down 10-20 words (ensure the child understands what the words mean), calling out the words to the children, and asking them to draw a stick figure to represent the emotion called out. Talk about it to the class or group and go over any feelings that the children do not understand. Click on the title for a link to the list.

Louisiana’s PBIS Project
Information on the Louisiana PBIS Project.

Mindfulness Activities for Children
Teaching children about mindfulness can result in some big benefits related to attention, mood, and socially appropriate behavior. This is a link to a worksheet to help therapists, teachers, and anyone else who works with children, bring mindfulness into their office or classroom.

Positive Behaviors Chart      Positive Behaviors Chart Narrative
An easy-to-use chart to track and encourage positive behaviors in children.
Source:  Denise M. Barrera, MPH

Positive Behavior Intervention Support
Guidance from the Louisiana Department of Education.

Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)
The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is established by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to define, develop, implement, and evaluate a multi-tiered approach to Technical Assistance that improves the capacity of states, districts, and schools to establish, scale-up and sustain the PBIS framework. Emphasis is given to the impact of implementing PBIS on the social, emotional, and academic outcomes for students with disabilities.

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) – Louisiana Consortia
This project is dedicated to providing you with a wealth of information and resources that will assist in creating a positive school environment.  We look forward to working with all stakeholders to maximize instructional time in classrooms and create more consistent discipline procedures in our schools.

Positive Behavior Support – Technical Assistance Center on Social-Emotional Intervention for Young Children
Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a process for understanding and resolving the problem behavior of children that is based on values and empirical research. It offers an approach for developing an understanding of why the child engages in problem behavior and strategies for preventing the occurrence of problem behavior while teaching the child new skills. Positive behavior support offers a holistic approach that considers all factors that impact on a child and the child’s behavior. It can be used to address problem behaviors that range from aggression, tantrums, and property destruction to social withdrawal.
Source:  The Technical Assistance Center on Social-Emotional Intervention for Young Children

Quick Facts on Conduct Disorder
A brief overview of the signs and symptoms of conduct disorders in children and adolescents, as well as treatments.
Información básica sobre el trastorno de la conducta
Una breve descripción de las señales y síntomas del trastorno de la conducta, y su tratamiento en niños y adolescentes.
Source:  Child Mind Institute

Reward Coupons for Children
Sometimes the motivator that children need is immediate rewards.  Quick inspiration is needed for younger children as they can see the instantaneous incentive resulting in compliance and serves parents as a successful behavior modification technique.

Technical Assistance Center on Social-Emotional Intervention for Young Children
On this website, the term Positive Behavior Support (PBS) describes the approach used to provide intensive individualized interventions to individual children with challenging behavior. We also refer to program-wide implementation of PBS (PW-PBS) or program-wide adoption of the Pyramid Model. PW-PBS is the expansion of this model to classrooms and programs. This section of the website provides information and resources for the use of PBS in the design of effective interventions for individual children with persistent challenging behavior.

What does Depression Look Like
Having info about what major depressive disorder looks like can be of help to professionals who are trying to educate their clients on an overview of the disorder’s symptoms, research-based treatments, demographics, and additional facts. It’s important to help clients understand what they are dealing with—and reassure them they are not alone.

Wheels of Emotions
Children will love the bright colors and pictures that accompany the Wheel of Emotions handout, and the possible uses are endless! The printout in the link below can be used when children have a hard time finding the right word to describe a feeling.

Where Do I Feel
Children love to draw, color and use crayons as an escape from talking in times of stress and anxiety.  Looking busy diminishes conversation and diverts attention.  Use art to teach young clients to name, identify, and recognize their emotions and their associated bodily sensations. Ask the child to choose a color to represent each emotion and then color in the part of the body where they experience that feeling. For example, children might color fists red to represent anger. Happiness might be a yellow glow.

Why I’m Grateful
Positive psychology has long recognized the frequent practice of gratitude as a technique to help boost happiness and well-being. This gratitude worksheet is intended to kick off a quick and fun gratitude session using simple sentence completion that’s appropriate for all ages. We suggest using this worksheet as a group icebreaker or as a prompt for further discussion. Be sure to discuss the benefits of practicing daily gratitude!
This website provides free mental health and substance abuse resources for people at any stage of their recovery journey, including resources/treatment, warning signs, how to talk to a family member, definitions of different types of treatment, and a local treatment center directory.