20 Things to Say to Help an Angry Child

20 Things You Can Say to Help an Angry Child

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So what do you say to an angry child? Does it matter if the child is your client, student, or your own offspring? Do you find yourself reacting differently depending on who is in emotional distress? It really shouldn’t matter, but all too often it does. I speak from experience on this one! Every once in a while, it feels like working with 1,500 other people’s kids is easier than managing my own children…why is it any different? After all, I just said it shouldn’t matter…It all has to do with emotional investment. When we are overly invested emotionally, we take …


20+ Counseling Themes in Star Wars – The Force Awakens

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Star Wars – The Force Awakens is full of counseling themes that can be utilized when helping children and teens (even adults!). Why use movies to address emotional and behavioral issues? Movies are made to connect with the audience on a personal and emotional level…at least the good ones have been. The feelings and challenges faced by the characters allow us to work through our own issues in a non-threatening environment. The general safety of the theater or our living room and the brief duration (yes, even 3-hour blockbusters) gives us a finite opportunity to experience the emotions vicariously through …

Four Simple and Effective Classroom Management Strategies

4 Simple and Effective Classroom Management Strategies

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Classroom management is critical. Without it, time is wasted, teachers are frustrated, and learning is halted. Visiting a variety of classrooms is a great way to pick up classroom management strategies. Over the past ten years, I’ve had the good fortune of being able to visit over 60 different classrooms and learn a wide variety of classroom management techniques. My experience in those classrooms were invaluable! To help my readers get a glimpse into other classrooms, I’ve invited teachers, psychologists, and counselors to share their favorite classroom management strategies. Please join me in welcoming Laurie Merrick from Discovering Hidden Potential as …

18 easy coping skills for kids and teens

18 Coping Skills: Strategies for Children and Teens

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Coping skills have been a pretty popular topic for discussion over on The Helpful Counselor Facebook Page. So many great ideas were shared that I thought it would be a good to write a coping skills blog post to have them in one place. 🙂 Here are some of the great coping skill strategies (in no particular order): #1 Homemade Stress Balls (w/Playdough): During my counselor training, I was told that you should never ask your students to do something that you have never tried yourself. This is very sound advice as it allows you to work out kinks and …

Make Your Anger Walk the Plank: An Anger Management Game & Free Behavior Chart

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Many of the students on my caseload have a difficult time managing their anger and making positive choices. One of my FAVORITE parts of being an elementary counselor is that I get to use fun play therapy activities to help teach new skills! Several of my kindergartners and 1st graders LOVE pirates…hmmm…sounds like a great way to increase engagement and buy-in to me! Integrating students interests into guidance lessons not only increases engagement, but it is also a great way to show that you are thoughtful about their wants/needs. You can check out Make Your Anger Walk the Plank by …

Reduce Disruptive Classroom Behavior

3 Steps to Reduce Disruptive Behavior

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Welcome to my classroom management series: Teacher Tip Tuesday! Have you missed a classroom management tip? No worries! You can check them out by clicking on the links below: 11 Strategies to Use with Strong-Willed Children Building Community In The Classroom Positive Behavior Support: Raffle Jar ADHD Testing Accommodations  Welcome to The Helpful Counselor! Please tell us a bit about yourself: My name is Shari Beck, and I am currently a Mathematics professor at Navarro College where I have taught for the past 13 years.  I have a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction …