The big idea: A proposed law is moving through the California legislature that wouldn’t allow removal of a student in elementary or middle school who is disruptive or defiant. But what about the other 29 or so students whose feelings (mental, emotional and possibly physical) are being hurt, discounted or marginalized?
The so-what: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 1 in 6 children in the U.S. aged 2–8 years are diagnosed with a mental, behavioral or developmental disorder. Rather than allowing children with disrespectful behavior to interrupt an entire class, it’s important to teach all children to value themselves and others by providing them opportunities to experience confidence and joy.
The source: Drs. Deborah Ross-Swain and Elaine Fogel Schneider are speech-language pathologists and authors. They provide parents and educators with tools to help children realize lifelong success.
Key messages: Drs. Ross-Swain and Fogel Schneider can describe the process for facilitating healthy development for children. They can discuss:
- How heightened anxiety is happening in children as young as preschool age
- How a child’s confidence is an antidote to anxiety
- How school environments so often rob children’s joy
- How building confidence in children early on affects their emotional development
- What strategies are most successful for promoting a child’s confidence and joy
About the experts: Dr. Deborah Ross-Swain is a licensed speech-language pathologist and CEO of the Swain Center for Listening, Communicating and Learning. Dr. Elaine Fogel Schneider is CEO of TouchTime International and bestselling author of 7 Strategies for Raising Calm, Inspired, & Successful Children. Drs. Ross-Swain and Fogel Schneider’s new book, Confidence & Joy: Success Strategies for Kids with Learning Differences (Crescendo Publishing, Nov. 1, 2018), provides parents and educators with tools to help children with learning differences realize lifelong success. Learn more at confidencejoy.com.