10 Ways to Support Students Who Are Emotionally Disturbed

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8. Refocus Distorted Thinking

Positive thinking leads to positive actions and behaviors. Teach your student to celebrate his successes rather than attributing them to luck or outside forces. Acknowledge positive thinking and decision making: "You stopped screaming that you were going to run away, and instead chose to sit down quietly and raise your hand to ask if you could go to the restroom. Good job, I'm proud of you!"