For neurodivergent children who battle through challenges in the classroom and on the playground, a bit of praise can boost self-esteem and bolster confidence. A high-five can motivate a child struggling to get a handle on dyslexia persist. And a well-placed “good job” when a child remembers to hand in his homework on time can stoke resilience and whittle away negative self-talk.
On this episode of “A World of Difference: Embracing Neurodiversity,” our panel of experts shares how sincere and specific praise can bolster outcomes for children who learn differently.
Our experts include:
Dr. Jordan Lill is a licensed and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst at the Doctoral level and serves as a behavioral health manager at Pediatric Partners in Fargo, North Dakota. He specializes in the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior, caregiver education and support, and school-based behavioral consultation.
Shelley Kenow is a certified special education teacher and has served as a special educator for more than 30 years. She is the author of “Those Who “Can’t…” Teach: True Stories of Special Needs Families to Promote Acceptance, Inclusion, and Empathy,” host of the YouTube series “#nolimits,” co-host of “Friday with Fran,” a YouTube series focused on special education topics, and the owner of Shelley Kenow IEP Consulting.
Barbara Muñoz is a former high school varying exceptionalities teacher at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida, and currently a learning specialist and academic advisor at Beacon College In Leesburg, Florida, the nation’s first accredited college or university dedicated to educating neurodivergent students with learning and attention issues.