Helping Students

When it comes to classroom management, you wish the techniques you use in general would work with all students. However, students who experience mental health issues may challenge the way you approach the class. Understanding what is behind their behavior and adopting a different strategy with these students will help you be more successful. 

The articles below go into detail about various "what to do when" circumstances to empower you to steer your classroom and students through these challenging behaviors.


For Educators: What to Do When a Child Refuses to Engage

For Educators: What to Do When a Child Refuses to Engage

Managing students in your classroom is challenging, even under the best circumstances. You prepare your lesson plans, organize the material, and make the most of some increasingly limited resources. Managing students with behav…

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For Educators: What to do When a Child is Disruptive

For Educators: What to do When a Child is Disruptive

When a student is consistently disruptive, they present a disturbance to you and the rest of your class. Disruptive students can interrupt you or their classmates with both verbal and nonverbal disturbances. Verbal disruptions …

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For Educators: What to Do When a Child Throws Fits

For Educators: What to Do When a Child Throws Fits

Students are people, and like all humans, they can get frustrated and angry sometimes. The challenge, when it comes to effectively managing classroom behavior, is teaching students appropriate ways to process and express that a…

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For Educators: What to Do When a Child is Distracted or Fidgets

For Educators: What to Do When a Child is Distracted or Fidgets

When a student is distracted or fidgety in class, they’re presenting a problem behavior that you need to address. Students can sometimes be naturally wiggly, and that alone may not be a problem. Some students may also have a ha…

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For Educators: What to Do When a Child is Withdrawn

For Educators: What to Do When a Child is Withdrawn

When a student is sullen or withdrawn, they can develop behaviors in your classroom that need to be addressed. The student might not be ready to productively engage with the material, and you may not be able to hold their atten…

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For Educators: What to Do When a Student Tells You about their Mental Illness

For Educators: What to Do When a Student Tells You about their Mental Illness

Your day starts off like any typical school day: collecting homework, passing out worksheets, and teaching the day’s lesson. Then at the end of class, one of your students stays behind to tell you that they’ve been struggling w…

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For Educators: What to Do When a Student Returns from Inpatient Treatment

For Educators: What to Do When a Student Returns from Inpatient Treatment

When a student leaves to attend an inpatient mental health care program, you’re likely to have some questions and concerns about how to best help when that student returns. The whole experience can be overwhelming for everyone …

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For Educators: Why Focusing on Bad Behavior is the Wrong Approach

For Educators: Why Focusing on Bad Behavior is the Wrong Approach

When a child or teen presents with disruptive or aggressive behaviors, they are often labeled with terms such as “oppositional, defiant, stubborn or lazy.” Often this is done by caregivers who are understandably frustrated, exh…

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For Educators: Strength Based Approach for Kids with ADHD

For Educators: Strength Based Approach for Kids with ADHD

Dr. David Rabiner, an expert on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), defines the condition as "a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity that occurs in academic, occupational, or social se…

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For Educators: The Importance of Play

For Educators: The Importance of Play

Many argue that the higher rate of mental illness in kids is only because we’ve gotten better about diagnosing the problem. Not so, argues Dr. Peter Gray, a research professor at Boston College writing in Psychology Today.

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For Educators: Creating a Safer Place for LGBTQ Students

For Educators: Creating a Safer Place for LGBTQ Students

The typical American classroom can be a place of learning, great friendship and social support. It can also be a place where bullying, ostracizing and peer pressure turns the school day into a nightmare – especially if a studen…

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