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Behaving Requires Thinking
February 24, 2023
What can you do so a child feels they belong in the classroom? Rather than focus on how to make the child fit in to the classroom culture, we need to create a culture that fits all children.
-Mike Huber, Inclusion Includes US

Offering an overview of the thinking skills related to behavior, Stuart Ablon of Think:Kids writes,

As kids and adults, whether at home, school or in the workplace, we all rely on certain skills to manage our behavior. These thinking skills help us do things like tolerate frustration, be flexible, and problem-solve when needed. Research has shown that these types of thinking skills fall into five core areas.

  1. Social Thinking
  2. Cognitive Flexibility
  3. Attention & Working Memory
  4. Language & Communication
  5. Emotion & Self-Regulation

When we examine our skills in these areas, we each have relative strengths and weaknesses. Our strengths help us navigate situations successfully, and our weaknesses explain why we might exhibit some challenges when faced with situations that require those skills.

Identifying strengths and weaknesses might help explain why you or someone you know excels in certain areas and struggles in others. The good news is that skills can be built! Identifying weaker skills is the first step towards working on developing them.


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Kirsten Haugen · February 24, 2023
Eugene, OR, United States

Thanks for the feedback, Joyce. We'd love to hear how thinking in these ways supports your day-to-day practice. Keep in touch!

Joyce Trigger · February 24, 2023
Shady Oak Christian School
Richmond, Texas, United States

This is so helpful in thinking about how to build children’s strengths, rather than “fixing” their behaviors or doling out consequences.
The list of 5 core areas in which to build strength is a wonderful guide for teachers and parents use in skill development.

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