The frequency and severity of children and adolescent behaviors are more challenging than ever and are impacting student achievement. Teaching students how to manage their emotional brain and regulate their feelings are important in correcting reactive behavior and improving academic success. Using a model of the brain, an emotional thermometer, and an importance scale, along with other tools, educators are taught why students feel the way they do, what happens in their brain when they have strong emotions like anger and anxiety, and what tools and strategies will help them manage their emotional brain. Participants will learn strategies and interventions to help students with Anger, Anxiety, ADHD, and Autism improve behavior and increase academic achievement.
From Special Educator, to Title I Principal, to Assistant Superintendent, to Executive Director of a therapeutic school for middle school boys, Kathy Whitmire has used her expertise in brain research to make a difference in teaching, learning, and parenting. The recipient of many awards, including South Carolina's National Distinguished Principal Award, Kathy travels across the country speaking and presenting workshops on the neuroscience of learning. Her program for dealing with emotional regulation has been used in schools to reduce discipline issues and empower students with strategies and tools to manage their 'emotional brains'.