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    How to Help Your Child Handle Conflicts at School

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Every child must deal with conflicts at school at some point. However, for children with a learning disability or behavior issue, it can be particularly challenging to cope with bullying and peer pressure. Kids who are especially sensitive to environmental stimuli may readily feel overwhelmed by shouting, for example, and kids who are prone to behavioral issues may find it difficult to calm themselves down when they become upset. Fortunately, children are also exceptional learners and incredibly resilient; you can work with your child to develop successful strategies for conflict resolution at school.

    Talk About Strong Emotions

    The first step to resolving conflicts is to understand them. Help your child learn about strong emotions and the effects they have on the body and mind. Your child might identify anger by the way it makes his heart beat faster, for example. Discuss how these strong emotions might encourage a person to act in a way that he ordinarily wouldn’t.

    Discuss Strategies for Calming Down

    Before responding to a conflict, it’s critical that your child calms himself down. He can try to take several deep breaths or count to 10. Teach your child that if he cannot calm himself down enough to respond to the situation, it might be best to simply walk away and find an adult who can help him.

    Develop Safe and Effective Resolutions

    If your child does successfully calm himself down, he can try to diffuse the situation. Discuss how responding in kind—by name calling or taunting the other student—can escalate the situation. Instead, your child might simply ask the other student “Why are you doing this?” or “What do you really want?” Sometimes, humor is effective in dispelling the tension. Your child might also ask the other student if he is willing to speak privately because groups of children often egg each other on. 

    The Brain Balance Achievement Centers can help your little one learn strategies for successfully overcoming challenges. The Brain Balance Program is a drug-free approach to resolving the root causes of learning disabilities, behavioral issues, ADHD, and other challenges. You can learn more about us or schedule a comprehensive assessment with a behavioral expert by calling our Plano center at (972) 535-8086 or our Southlake location at (817) 803-2284.

    Understanding the Social Impacts of Asperger Syndrome

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Asperger syndrome is a pervasive developmental disorder that affects a wide range of areas of function, including social skills. It’s important to remember that each child is unique and that social skill impairment doesn’t automatically mean that a youngster has Asperger syndrome. However, it’s always a good idea to schedule an assessment with a behavioral expert just in case. Some of the signs to watch out for include having a hard time making and keeping friends. Your child might avoid playdates and prefer to play by himself, for example.

    Some parents note that their children appear to want to interact with others, yet aren’t quite sure how to do it. They may be awkward and unsure of themselves in large groups of people. When a child with Asperger syndrome does make a friend, he may have trouble interacting appropriately with that child. For example, he may speak exclusively on one narrow topic of interest, ignoring his friend’s attempts to change the conversation.

    Children with Asperger syndrome can benefit from a drug-free, whole-child approach that resolves the underlying causes of the disorder. For more information, call The Brain Balance Achievement Centers and schedule an appointment with a learning and child behavior expert. Parents in Southlake can call (817) 803-2284 and those in Plano can call (972) 535-8086.

    Simple Steps to Boost Your Child's Social Development

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Parents of children with learning disabilities and behavioral issues such as ADHD often notice that their social skills appear delayed as well. Sometimes, this occurs due to a lack of connectivity in the brain that impairs functioning; in other cases, it may be because a child with a learning disability feels excluded from his peers. These youngsters can benefit from a little extra help to boost their social-emotional development. Even if your child does not appear to have a developmental delay or disorder, you can use the following tips to enhance your little one’s social development.

    Identify Emotions

    Many children, such as those with Asperger syndrome, have difficulty identifying emotions. This issue can make it difficult for your child to communicate his feelings and to empathize with others. You can help your child learn to identify emotions by playing a game similar to charades. Act out different emotions, taking turns guessing which emotion it is. Make different facial expressions and ask your child what he thinks they might indicate.

    Be Responsive

    Nurture your child’s social-emotional development by responding to his words and actions. Ask your child questions about his projects, his feelings, and his interests. Showing your child that you’re interested in what he cares about can help improve his self-esteem and his interactions with others. Give your child plenty of praise for his accomplishments.

    Teach Self-Regulation

    It’s common for children with behavioral issues and similar challenges to have trouble calming themselves down when they become upset. Work with your child to develop strategies for handling strong emotions. For example, your youngster might retreat to a quiet reading area at home when he becomes upset. At school, he might take some deep breaths and think about his favorite hobby to distract himself.

    The child behavioral experts at The Brain Balance Achievement Centers of the DFW can help your family overcome the challenges associated with learning disabilities and behavioral issues. We implement a customized, drug-free approach that integrates academic exercises, sensory motor exercises, and nutritional modifications. Call our Southlake center at (817) 803-2284 or our Plano team at (972) 535-8086 to discuss how our behavioral experts can help your family.

    Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Bullying

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Bullying is a problem that has only grown more prevalent with the increasing use of social media by children. Even if you haven’t noticed any of the signs that your child is being bullied or may be a bully himself, it’s a good idea to talk to your little one about these issues. You can start by teaching your child empathy. Ask him to imagine what he would feel like if one of his siblings or friends was being bullied. Remind your child that he can always go to a teacher or another adult if he’s experiencing a problem with another student.

    For more helpful tips on talking to your child about bullying, watch this video. You’ll hear an interview with an adolescent therapist on the many complexities of bullying. She discusses the importance of teaching kids self-confidence and the value of standing up for oneself in a non-violent manner.

    Children with learning disabilities and/or behavioral issues are at a particular high risk of bullying. Call the team at The Brain Balance Achievement Centers to learn how we can help your youngster with our drug-free approach. Contact our Southlake location at (817) 803-2284 or our Plano location at (972) 535-8086.

    Helping Children with Learning Disabilities Develop Self-Esteem

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Children with learning disabilities often struggle with social and behavioral issues as a result. Learning disabilities can adversely affect a child’s self-esteem due to frustrations over not being able to stay on track academically as compared to his peers. Parents can nurture a child's self-esteem in a number of ways, such as by being responsive to the child’s questions and comments. Children of all ages need special one-on-one time with parents to let them know that they are loved.

    Positive reinforcement is another powerful tool in building a child’s self-esteem. Parents can praise their children for the things they do well and for making attempts to improve upon weaknesses. Additionally, children can learn to rely on their own abilities when they are given age-appropriate household responsibilities.

    The Brain Balance Achievement Centers can help your child overcome challenges such as learning disabilities with our unique, whole-child approach. Parents can learn more about the Brain Balance Program for learning disabilities by calling our Plano location at (972) 535-8086 or our Southlake location at (817) 803-2284.

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