Season 5: Episode 1 – Student emotional regulation, behavior and The Connections Model – Interview with Lori Jackson and Steve Peck

Welcome to the start of Season 5 of TLTalkRadio! In this episode we had the pleasure of discussing student emotional regulation, behavior and The Connections Model with Lori Jackson and Steve Peck.

Lori and Steve, co-founders of The Connections Model, developed an app called the KidConnect App to enable students to easily and independently understand how their emotions drive their behavior.  KidConnect teaches students strategies to change their behaviors allowing them to remain in their classrooms. The Connections Model is a new, non-traditional approach to assisting students with behavioral difficulties in the classroom. KidConnect is a tool from The Connections Model which directly teaches skills to students in the classroom to manage behavior. KidConnect is used by K-12 students with disabilities ranging from Autism Spectrum Disorder to Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, to Attention Deficit Disorder and Emotional/Behavioral disabilities and others but all kids can and do benefit.

Lori is a psychologist and Steve is a special educator.

We discussed the following in our conversation:

  1. Share with us a personal story about how you got connected to the work of student emotion and student behavior.
  2. Talk to us about the science behind The Connections Model.
  3. What are some of the ways that we can most effectively teach emotional regulation to our learners?
  4. Give us an overview of the app and how it can be used to improve student behavior and emotional regulation.
  5. Let’s hear your thoughts on a few lightning round questions:
    • Who is one expert our listener’s should connect with to learn more about emotional regulation/behavior management?
    • If you were recommending one book on this topic to our listeners, what would it be?
    • What online site/resource/person do you use to learn from and support your work in this area?
  6. What’s next for Lori and Steve? What are you working on that you’d like to share?


Join in the conversation!

Each episode we leave you with a question to think about…with the idea of provoking reflection and  conversation. This episode’s question:

  1. What are your next steps for helping your students to improve emotional regulation and behavior management?

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