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10 Ways to Support Students Who Are Emotionally Disturbed

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3. Be Positive, Not Punitive

Be kind, courteous, and patient with your student, and make it clear that you expect her to treat you (and other students) the same way. When your student follows rules or contributes to class discussions, give her compliments that are specific and timely: "Madeline, I'm glad you volunteered an answer in class today. Thanks for doing that!"