Our approach is informed by established and emerging findings in brain science that:
- Demonstrate the importance of helping adults become effective leaders,
- Model proven problem-solving approaches in the classroom and at home, and,
- Address the impact of stress and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on behavior.
A young person’s sense of connectedness with school is associated with positive social and academic outcomes.
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Social-emotional skills affect learning
Increasing social and emotional skills is associated with significant improvements in academic performance and attitudes toward school. Adding social–emotional learning curriculum improves test scores by an average of 11%.See the study
Behavior is affected by children’s life experiences
Students with a history of adverse childhood experiences do better in trauma-sensitive classrooms.Get more information
Teaching new skills to parents helps families
Experiential parent training results in self-reported improvements in firmness, connection, and satisfaction with parenting.See the study
Respectful parenting creates positive change
Respectful parenting (which is both firm and responsive) promotes healthy development and decreases social risks.See the study
Positive discipline works across cultures
The positive impacts of authoritative parenting on kids have been demonstrated across cultural, social and racial backgrounds.See the study
Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Sound Discipline turns the science behind the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study into practical tools that educators can use right away in their classrooms and benefit all students. Typically, students with the most disruptive behaviors have been exposed to abuse, neglect, and/or household dysfunction. They need extra help developing social-emotional skills and tools for resolving conflicts—abilities that can make a lifelong difference in achievement and happiness for all students.
We regularly offer workshops that help you create a trauma-aware classroom where all students have their best chance of success. Please see our events calendar for the next offering.