behavior and cognitive interventions

Behavior and Cognitive Interventions: Finding the Best Solution

Behavior and Cognitive interventions can help children succeed when they have been having difficulty. The following are activities, strategies, and methods for teaching appropriate behavior and cognitive skills to children with Emotional Behavior Disorders.  Although these tools are primarily for those with Emotional Behavior Disorders, they can be applied to all children learning these skills.

Behavior Interventions

Behavior interventions can be necessary for children who act out in class or home and have difficulty following along.  These children may need extra guidelines and assistance to stay attentive in class or at home with appropriate behaviors.  They also may assistance in forming a positive self-value and learn new coping skill. In order to help them:

  • Set up minimal, concise, and clear rules
  • Get on the same page as parents, therapists, and other professionals
  • Reinforce positive behaviors
  • Stay patient and remain objective
  • Establish routines so that children know what to expect
  • Allow times for children to practice their responsibility
  • Concisely identify the behavior that needs to be changed


behavior and cognitive interventions


Cognitive Interventions

Students with Emotional Behavior Disorders are often challenged throughout school in a variety of academic skills and as a result may need some cognitive interventions.  These interventions can help to challenge them and encourage them to become successful in the classroom.  Cognitive interventions can also apply to helping children’s mental health.  The following ideas are strategies that can be used to encourage cognitive development:

  • Direct families to seek professional psychological help if necessary.
  • Keep children challenged and push them without being scared of their outburst and/or other reactions
  • Set up appropriate academic goals, which challenge the child’s academic skills and cognitive development
  • Assess the child to see where they currently are psychological and developmentally
  • Set up a plan to help children cope independently as well as facilitated
  • Have children as part of the IEP team to set up goals, which can focus on academic and psychological health
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