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The Survival Guide for Kids with Behavior Challenges

How to Make Good Choices and Stay Out of Trouble
(Revised & Updated Edition)


This survival guide provides up-to-date information, practical strategies, and sound advice for kids with diagnosed behavioral disorders (BD, ED, EBD) and those with general behavior problems. Kids learn to make smarter choices, make and keep friends, get along with teachers, take responsibility for their actions, work toward positive change, and enjoy the results of their better behavior.

The Survival Guide for Kids with Behavior Challenges includes:

  • What behavior disorder means—and does not mean
  • Reasons why some kids have behavioral disorders
  • The scoop on school programs
  • True stories about real kids
  • Smart choices for dealing with feelings
  • Ways to get along better at school and at home
  • A glossary of words you need to know
  • A list of resources (books, organizations, websites)
  • And much more

BONUS: Over 100 free lesson plans that expand the material found in the book are available at the author’s website.

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ISBN: 978-1-57542-449-1
Reading Level: Grade 5
Interest Level: Ages 9–14
Guided Reading Level: V
Lexile Measure: 680L
Illustrated: two-color, illust.
Trim Size: 7" x 9"
Page Count: 192
Praise for the previous edition of The Survival Guide for Kids with Behavior Challenges
“Sensitive and thorough.”—School Library Journal

“Encouraging . . . Parents of children with behavior challenges would benefit from reading this book.”—Children’s Literature

“Excellent material.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

“A great book—very practical and helpful. Positive, encouraging, and supportive.”—Eleanor Guetzloe, Professor Emerita, Department of Special Education, University of South Florida

“Kids who use this book will not only make their own lives better, but also ease the lives of family adults, classmates, and teachers.”—Steven R. Forness, Ed.D., professor, school principal, and chief educational psychologist, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Los Angeles, CA

Download content from the book.

  • Common Core State Standards


  • ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success

    MS.1, MS.2, MS.3, MS.4, MS.5, MS.6
    BS.LS.1, BS.LS.4, BS.LS.6, BS.LS.7, BS.LS.9, BS.LS.10
    BS.SMS.1, BS.SMS.2, BS.SMS.3, BS.SMS.4, BS.SMS.5, BS.SMS.6, BS.SMS.7, BS.SMS.8, BS.SMS.9, BS.SMS.10
    BS.SS.1, BS.SS.2, BS.SS.3, BS.SS.4, BS.SS.5, BS.SS.6, BS.SS.7, BS.SS.8, BS.SS.9

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June 24, 2019 / Lauren Agoratus
Highly recommended

Loved The Survival Guide for Kids with Behavior Challenges. As both a teacher and parent of a child on the autism spectrum, would highly recommend.


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