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Practical ideas for social, emotional and behavioral challenges

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Offer praise before, during and after.

What you can do

Encourage your child by using positive reinforcement before, during and after challenging activities and transitions. Make a habit each night of highlighting something that went well that day. Say how proud you are of your child’s efforts.

What you can say

“Jacob, you’re such a good helper when we clean up your cars. You’re doing a great job putting your cars away in the yellow bin. I really like how much you helped Mommy put away your cars.”

Why this will help

Children with learning and attention issues often have difficulty managing stress. Their fear of failure can make some tasks seem insurmountable.

Reminding them of the things they’ve done successfully, even if those successes simply involved trying hard, can boost their confidence. This will help ease their anxiety and encourage them to risk trying new things.

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