Top 5 Ways to Improve Behavior Now … and for Your Child’s Future


From Cheryl Swope | October 31, 2016 | For Special Needs

by Cheryl Swope, M.Ed.

#1 Teach and encourage the reading of good literature!

Use these free Printable Charts for Reading Encouragement

Find good read-aloud sets here and more good literature here. Read these books with or without lesson plans and literature guides for moral, literary, and character development. Commit to 15-30 minutes daily over meals, after dinner, at naptime or bedtime. This takes time (years), but these deeply planted seeds will eventually thrive when watered steadily with good books. Limit or eliminate all violent, intense, dark, rude, and crude “entertainment.” Live with good books, good music, and good art. We also offer Christian studies programs. All programs come with 34-week daily, simple lesson plans, for anyone interested.

#2 Learn and practice good parenting tools.

Find free articles on many topics here Read my 20 reminders for encouraging greater self-control.

#3 Avoid overgeneralizating problems as “always” or “never.” Work on specifics instead. Find free Charts to Target Specific Behaviors

(I Stayed in My Bed During Naptime, I Wore My Glasses). See more free Effective Behavior Charts.

#4 Be inspired. Read Simply Classical with a focus on my son and the chapter on behavior. With clinically Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ADD, and Bipolar Subtype of Schizophrenia, Michael faced many internal struggles. We detail strategies such as teaching Logic for improved thinking, studies of great men for improved character, and thankfulness journals for mindful gratitude. This set is dedicated to my son who continues to write nightly, and who now faithfully serves our family, our church, and our community every day. Soli deo gratia.

#5 Focus on service. Start small. Start in the home. Find free Chore Charts to help your child organize tasks. Notice his favorite chores. Focus on these, especially for children with sensory needs. My sensory-seeking daughter likes to sweep leaves from our driveway with the large pushroom in the fall, and she likes to shovel snow from the same long driveway in the winter. The “heavy work” proprioceptive feedback seems more satisfying to her than, say, folding socks!

Curricular Help is On the Way

Look for the Simply Classical Social/Emotional/Behavior & Manners Program in 2017, if all goes as planned. We need a good name for this program. Email if you can think of a good title. Suggestions are welcome!


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