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Story Hand

Story Hand

A Story Hand is a gentle hand massage accompanied by a personalized social story that helps a child deal with stress or anxiety. The story you tell will reflect a specific, personalized experience or concern for the child. This download contains a simple illustration that shows how to do a Story Hand. Age Ages 1 […]

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Handwashing Songs

Handwashing Songs

Proper handwashing is one of the simplest and most important ways to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. This printable resource includes lyrics and directions for songs children can sing while washing their hands. Age 1 and up Helps with Proper handwashing for health and safety Use Songs children […]

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How I Can Help Keep it Safe At Home

How I Can Help Keep it Safe At Home

In Conscious Discipline, we say that the adult’s job is to keep the class or home safe, while the child’s job is to help keep it safe. Being helpful creates a sense of purpose, accomplishment and wellbeing that is especially important during these uncertain times. This printable resource lists several ways that young children can […]

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Handwashing Visual Procedures (English and Spanish)

Handwashing Visual Procedures (English and Spanish)

Handwashing is one of the simplest and most important ways to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. Available in both English and Spanish, this printable resource provides step-by-step visual instructions for proper, effective handwashing. Age 2 and up Helps with Proper handwashing for health and safety Use Visual reminder […]

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Caring Connections Calendar

Caring Connections Calendar

Authentic connection provides a buffer that softens the negative effects of stressful situations. As you and your family cope with the life changes and anxiety caused by COVID-19, use activities from this Caring Connections Calendar to enjoy restorative moments of bonding, beauty and joy. Created by Conscious Discipline Master Instructor Kim Hughes, the Caring Connections […]

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What Does Social Distancing Look Like?

What Does Social Distancing Look Like?

Young children’s brains encode information in pictures, so visual representations of complex concepts are helpful. This resource by Master Instructor Kim Hughes gives you a simple way to show children what social distancing should look like. The better children understand, the more you and your family can contribute to keeping yourselves and the community healthy […]

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Our Day Has Come to an End

Our Day Has Come to an End

It’s important to end the day with connection and reflection, especially during times of uncertainty and stress. This guide walks you through several activities that bring your day to a soothing and positive close. In this guide “Our Day Has Come to an End” by Conscious Discipline Master Instructor Lety Valero, you’ll learn more about […]

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Guide to a Brain Smart Start for Our Day

Guide to a Brain Smart Start for Our Day

Dr. Bailey’s Conscious Discipline Brain Smart Start consists of four activities designed to get children and adults in the optimal brain state for learning and problem-solving. These components include an activity to Unite, an activity to Disengage Stress, an activity to Connect and an activity to Commit. In this guide “A Brain Smart Start for […]

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Guía de un Inicio Brillante Para el Cerebro

Guía de un Inicio Brillante Para el Cerebro

El Inicio del Cerebro Inteligente de Conscious Discipline de la Dra. Bailey consiste en cuatro actividades diseñadas para llevar a niños y adultos al estado óptimo del cerebro para el aprendizaje y la resolución de problemas. Estos componentes incluyen una actividad para Unir, una actividad para Liberar el Estrés, una actividad para Conectar y una […]

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Teaching Missing Skills: The Power of Social Stories

“If your child keeps on hitting his classmates, he will get a referral and as a consequence can be suspended. Please talk to him so that he stops the hitting.” As I read this note a parent recently shared with me, a part of me feels complete frustration. Another part is full of compassion for […]

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The Basics of the Conscious Discipline Brain State Model

The Basics of the Conscious Discipline Brain State Model

The Conscious Discipline Brain State Model reminds us of the brain’s three hierarchical needs: Safety, connection and problem solving. Times of stress and transition often see a spike in regressive behaviors, conflict and power struggles. Any time your family experiences an uptick in these behaviors, go back to the basics of safety and connection. Problem-solving […]

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Introducing the Power of Perception and the Skill of Composure to Parents

Introducing the Power of Perception and the Skill of Composure to Parents

My name is Anne Hoff. I am a parent, a Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor and a mental health consultant in a therapeutic preschool classroom. With our school’s sudden shift to distance learning due to COVID-19, I thought it would be helpful to reach out to the parents of the children in our program to support […]

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Cultivating Connection and Contribution in a COVID-19 World

Cultivating Connection and Contribution in a COVID-19 World

Humankind is genetically wired to seek out connection and contribute to each other’s wellbeing. The bonds between us have defined our families and communities since the beginning of time. With the threat of COVID-19 shutting down not just communities, but entire countries, we are tasked with finding new ways to connect and contribute. We can […]

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Keys for Successful Home Learning

Five Tips for Successful Home Learning

A few weeks ago, you guided children’s homework when they hit a rough spot. Today, you’re attempting to juggle the roles of lead teacher, guidance counselor and principal. As if your head wasn’t already spinning from all the other life changes, now you feel compelled to help children avoid brain drain on this extended “break” […]

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Responding to Difficult Questions

Responding to Difficult Questions

Children, especially young children, are notorious for asking a myriad of questions. Who, what, where, when, why, why, why, WHY, WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY? Those questions aren’t going to go away because we find the topic difficult or uncomfortable, or we don’t know how to answer. Children are excellent at reading nonverbal behavior. They sense our stress and […]

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COVID-19: Cinco Respuestas que Pueden Ayudar a Las Familias

Los niños no dicen “Queridos papás, estoy teniendo dificultades en mi vida diaria”. “No entiendo completamente qué está pasando”, “extraño a mis amigos”, “me siento asustado de que alguien conocido se vaya a morir” o “siento como si la vida no fuera a volver a la normalidad”. En lugar de eso, ellos hacen “berrinches”, podrían […]

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For Educators: Covid-19 Support

COVID-19: Virtual Resources for Educators

Families, schools and the world are reeling in response to COVID-19. In the midst of the chaos of this week, we’ve been inspired … by you. Educators and Administrators have risen to the challenge in countless ways— going above and beyond in your problem-solving, restoring connection through innovative e-learning solutions, and reassuring families that we’re […]

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COVID-19: Five Helpful Responses for Families

COVID-19: Five Helpful Responses for Families

Kids don’t say, “Beloved parent, I’m having difficulty in my daily life. I don’t fully understand what’s happening, I miss my friends, I’m afraid someone I know is going to die and it feels like life will never be normal again.” Instead, they throw tantrums, become clingy, sulk, backtalk, refuse to do anything you ask, […]

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Healing After a Natural Disaster with Conscious Discipline

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guests April Carr and Hillary Spratlin Episode Summary Conscious Discipline is both trauma-based and trauma-informed. It emphasizes optimal brain development for all children and adults, regardless of life experiences like chronic stress and trauma. There are three types of trauma: acute, chronic and complex. […]

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Creating Optimal Relationships for Optimal Learning

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest J.C. Commander Episode Summary At its core, Conscious Discipline is a relationship program. Our brain is a social brain that develops through relationships. To change the brain for optimal learning, we must create optimal relationships. No matter how you choose to weave Conscious […]

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The Importance of Composure

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest DJ Batiste Episode Summary As a child, DJ Batiste didn’t have the skills he needed to behave or succeed in school. He was expelled from preschool and often kicked out of classrooms before becoming involved with gangs and increasingly serious trouble. During his […]

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Wishing Well to Heal from Tragedy and Loss

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey, and special guests Kathy Spidle, Julie Hoven, and Miranda Richardson Episode Summary After learning about Conscious Discipline at a workshop, teachers at Grove Hill Elementary knew that they wanted to implement it at their school. Principal Kathy Spidle saw their enthusiasm and quickly agreed. At the […]

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How to Successfully Implement Conscious Discipline in Charter Schools

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey, Jill Molli, and special guest Lindsey Merrick Episode Summary Charter schools, or independently run public schools, have increased flexibility over operations. While this additional freedom is exciting, it often comes with its own unique challenges. In this episode, Certified Instructor and charter school administrator Lindsey Merrick […]

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Be the Change for Children

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guests Alissa McGraw and Rachel Frasier Episode Summary Every February, Conscious Discipline hosts the Advanced Institute, also known as CD2. CD2 is limited to 48 participants. During this transformative week, each participant presents a ten-minute session on how they’re implementing Conscious Discipline and the […]

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Build School-Home Connections with a Traveling Shubert

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Celeste Finnegan Episode Summary When Conscious Discipline is practiced both at school and at home, it becomes even more effective. Of course, limited time and busy schedules make it difficult to teach the principles, powers, and structures of Conscious Discipline to all families. […]

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Going Slow to Go Fast with Conscious Discipline Implementation

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Sandy Mummey Episode Summary Every Conscious Discipline implementation story is different. Conscious Discipline can be customized to fit your school, your goals, and your needs. For Sandy Mummey, the best approach was to go slowly. Sandy gave her staff time to examine their […]

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How Teacher Buzz About Conscious Discipline Transformed the State of Alabama

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Joy Winchester Episode Summary In 1996, Dr. Bailey set out to help teachers and children from her guest bedroom. Even with no strategy and no marketing, word spread about the transformational results. One teacher found it helpful and told another teacher, who told […]

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COVID-19 Stress: How Uncertainty Impacts the Brain

COVID-19 Stress: How Uncertainty Affects Our Brains

COVID-19 Stress: How Uncertainty Affects Our Brains We are living during a time of great uncertainty with COVID-19. Prolonged uncertainty causes predictable changes in the brain for both adults and children. We can use a foundational understanding of these changes to create greater resilience, new ways of thinking, and increased wellbeing for ourselves and our […]

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When Parents Are Away: Supporting Children of Emergency Personnel

When Parents Are Away: Supporting Children of Emergency Personnel

When Parents Are Away: Supporting Children of Emergency Personnel When parents are called to their workplaces during an emergency, they often entrust their children to family members, friends or childcare professionals. Learn how basic strategies from Conscious Discipline can help these caregivers provide essential safety and comfort during this difficult experience. Healthy attachment can make […]

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Helping Children Manage Anxiety

Answering Children’s Difficult Questions

Answering Children’s Difficult Questions It’s natural for children to have many questions about COVID-19, the life changes it has brought, and when life will return to normal. Responding to these questions can be challenging, especially when we have few answers ourselves. Questions seeking understanding are typically rooted in anxiety and big feelings. These questions must […]

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Three Vital Steps to Successful Routines

Three Vital Steps to Successful Routines

Webinar: Three Vital Steps to Successful Routines Routines are essential because predictability helps children (and adults) feel safe. When we feel safe, we’re willing and able to form relationships with others. Once we feel safe and have formed relationships, we’re able to solve problems and move smoothly through the day. For children, it takes over […]

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Indian River Academy

The Story of Indian River Academy’s Transformation

Indian River Academy in Vero Beach, FL Just three years ago, Title I school Indian River Academy was an “F” school with severe discipline issues. Teachers didn’t have the tools to help the most challenging children, and frustration was building. Principal Diane Fannin knew she had to make a change. She committed to Conscious Discipline, […]

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Increase Connection and Literacy with I Love You Rituals with Master Instructor Kim Jackson

Increase Literacy by Building Connection with I Love You Rituals

Conscious Discipline Master Instructor Kim Jackson shares why increasing connection is the secret ingredient to improving your results in Literacy instruction. Learn how this powerful connection-building approach optimizes our brains so that we are able to learn and problem-solve. Based on the top-selling book I Love You Rituals by Dr. Becky Bailey, the Twinkle, Twinkle Language and Literacy Pack […]

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Twinkle, Twinkle Literacy Pack

Twinkle, Twinkle Language & Literacy

Connection and literacy unite to foster academic success and encourage a lifelong love of learning with the Twinkle Twinkle Language and Literacy Pack. Research shows that the more connected we are, the more we learn. As educators, it can be challenging to find the time to teach all the standards effectively while providing the connection […]

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Steve Hummer

Steve Hummer

Steve Hummer is a husband, father, and experienced high school Social Studies teacher who came to Conscious Discipline through his wife, who works for Loving Guidance, LLC. He attended the Infant/Toddler Institute to become a better father and quickly realized how Conscious Discipline could be modified for use in his high school classroom. He continues to re-tool and refine the skills to better suit the needs of secondary students.

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Renee Sutherland

Renee Sutherland, a Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has worked with children, families and educators for over 30 years. As a former Preschool Teacher, Head Start Home Educator, Center Director and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist she brings practical perspective, solid knowledge and relevant stories to her trainings.

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Mary Masson

Mary Masson

Mary Masson comes to you as a presenter who understands children’s growth and development and adults’ needs in nurturing them. Her keen insight has been honed in over 35 years as a PK-elementary teacher, teacher-parent educator and as a mom and grandma. Her gift of storytelling and sense of humor help her provide meaningful opportunities for professional development and coaching for teachers and administrators as well as parent workshops.

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