In 15-Minute Focus: Behavior Interventions, Amie Dean gives educators, counselors, and parents knowledge, strategies, and resources to teach children and teens how to communicate and make decisions to get their needs met in positive ways through behavior instruction and coaching.
If a child or teen is struggling to manage emotions or make good choices, it is rarely because they want to be "bad" or disrespectful. Most adults look for the "right" way or a magic formula that will transform challenging students, with no luck on finding one. Impacting behavioral change in another person is hard work, and every individual has unique needs and circumstances that should be considered. This book will help you view children's words and actions as a lack of coping skills in the moment, or a skill deficit that can be taught and improved.
The function of behavior
Ways to rethink responses to behavior
Steps to create a trauma-sensitive classroom
Principles for a positive classroom
Actionable strategies, curated resources, and more
This guide will ask you to consider that there is likely a barrier keeping children from being successful, and it is our opportunity as the adults who care for them to help them through it.
About the Author
Amie Dean, M.Ed., B.A. has worked in education since 1993. She has experience teaching at all levels, and has taught both special and general education. She was with Fulton County Schools (GA) for ten years, four of which she provided support to teachers and students as the Student Support/RTI Coordinator for her middle school. She holds a Master's degree in Education and is Nationally Board Certified as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. With decades of experience as an educator and a professional consultant, Amie has worked with thousands of teachers, counselors and administrators in over 250 districts to improve best practices in behavior support, student engagement, and differentiated instruction. Amie has trained with Dr. Rick DuFour, Dr. Kay Burke, Dr. Spencer Kagan, Dr. Ruby Payne, and many others.