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Articles by Jessica Dirsmith

Practice What We Teach: Supporting Positive Behavior in Our Schools Practice What We Teach: Supporting Positive Behavior in Our Schools
117 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jessica Dirsmith, Sarah Rochette
The primary goal of our educational system is to help children develop academic, social and life skills. Many social and behavioral factors, such as lack of proactive behavior management, can stand in the way of reaching this goal. In fact, managing problematic behaviors can be one of the greatest c [Read More]
5 steps to creating a healthy village for children    5 steps to creating a healthy village for children
128 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
"It takes a village to raise a child” remains just as true today as it did many decades ago. And, it is important that the village is equipped with the tools needed to teach and model values and behaviors the villagers (home, school, community) deem to be important life skills and attributes. [Read More]
How Parents Can Manage Children's Behavior During Holidays How Parents Can Manage Children's Behavior During Holidays
140 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Jessica Dirsmith
The holiday season also can be a trigger for the onset stress in families. Finances, family circumstances and children's behavioral management can prove trying for families over the course of the holiday season. [Read More]
How parents can manage children’s behavior during holidays How parents can manage children’s behavior during holidays
141 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
The holiday season is a time of a joy, love and hope. It is a time for families and friends to come together. And, for many parents and children, it is a rare time in their busy daily life schedule to relax and enjoy being with one another. The holiday season also can be a trigger for the onset [Read More]
Parents can help prevent children's difficulties Parents can help prevent children's difficulties
202 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
As a parent, there are times I ask myself, “What am I doing wrong that is maintaining this socially undesirable behavior in my child?” The answer may be nothing, or it may, in fact, be something, but the overarching idea is that I believe I can change my child’s environment to [Read More]
Create a back-to-school transition with these tips Create a back-to-school transition with these tips
210 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
The transition from summer to a new school year can be daunting for both parents and children. Follow these recommendations for a smooth start to the school year: ■ Reflect. Reflect upon what went well for your children last year. Which routines worked and which did not? ■ Modify. Plan to [Read More]
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