Lessons from Laroux: How Needs Shape Behavior in Developing Brains (Paperback)

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How can sound principles from another discipline inform our educational work with younger children?

It's no secret that outward behaviors in our students rarely tell the whole story. Instead, those verbal and physical actions often serve as clues pointing to deeper needs, emotions, and desires. Once the underlying issues are addressed, the path away from negative words and actions becomes much smoother and clearer.

That bedrock truth is one of many that Dan St. Romain explores in this unique resource, Lessons from LaRoux: How Needs Shape Behavior in Developing Brains.

As he addresses fifteen key areas, St. Romain links an educational touch point - such as a student's need for belonging - with a relevant story about his dog LaRoux, and then a take-away strategy (in this case, the importance of building social skills and emphasizing unstructured play in ways that foster belonging).

Along its fun and insightful journey, Lessons from LaRoux is filled with timely and applicable topics, including:

  • The importance of approaching behaviors with understanding, not judgment
  • How bringing every challenge back to development nurtures healthy learning
  • The wisdom of assuming positive intent in the children in our care
  • Why responding instead of reacting empowers students to make wise choices
  • Keys to becoming a great behavioral detective - with a kind heart
  • ...and more

Especially in these crucial post-pandemic years, children who are still catching up developmentally need a strong network of support to help them acquire the behavior skills needed for healthy learning and growth - and this resource shows the way.

About the Author

Dan St. Romain is a national independent educational consultant, based out of San Antonio, Texas, who provides staff development and consultative services to educators and parents working with children of all ages. Dan is passionate about helping individuals shift their perspective on discipline, understanding the best ways to provide support given the challenges posed in today's society.After receiving his master's degree in education, Dan worked in both private residential and public school settings. His work as a self-contained behavior unit teacher, Educational Diagnostician, Director of a Learning Resource Center, and behavior consultant afforded him experience at all levels, in both general and special education settings.Dan's overwhelming strength is his skill as a presenter. Although his sessions are exceedingly interactive, his greatest asset lies in his ability to offer participants rich insight into the connectedness between educational practices and student behavior. Dan is the author of two books on behavior principles and a picture book series on social skills. After having worked in the school system for the past thirty years, Dan has retired and is excited about this next phase in life. Although he will continue to offer staff development and write, Dan hopes to spend a great deal more time with his wife (also a retired teacher) gardening and traveling.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781953945815
ISBN-10: 1953945813
Publisher: National Center for Youth Issues
Publication Date: June 15th, 2023
Pages: 128
Language: English