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Our approach

We are focused on making connections that matter. Our strong systems approach integrates the latest in neuroscience and education research with practical, easily accessible tools for parents and educators.

At Sound Discipline, we:

  • Draw from current brain research including the impact of stress and trauma on learning and brain development.
  • Work directly with staff and teach experientially. We coach school teams to use data to develop and implement powerful interventions as well as to monitor their continued improvement.
  • Expand on the work of psychologists Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs, as well as on Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott. Sound Discipline uses a strengths-based approach to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities.

We help youth feel connected to their school, communities, and families; fostering respectful, resourceful and responsible members of our community. Sound Discipline helps educators and caregivers build the connections that make a difference for the future.

Research-based, results-driven

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.

Education Research

Connections matter

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%.

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Behavior is affected by children’s life experiences

Students with a history of adverse childhood experiences do better in trauma-sensitive classrooms.

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Parenting Research

Teaching new skills to parents helps families

Experiential parent training results in self-reported improvements in firmness, connection, and satisfaction with parenting.

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Respectful parenting creates positive change

Respectful parenting (which is both firm and responsive) promotes healthy development and decreases social risks.

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Positive discipline works across cultures

The positive impacts of authoritative parenting on kids have been demonstrated across cultural, social and racial backgrounds.

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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.

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