The Connections Model Presents Managing Emotional Regulation Using the KidConnect App at the Council for Exceptional Children 2016 Convention

  Lori Jackson and Steve Peck will be presenting “Teaching Emotional Regulation: Essential Skills for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Other Emotional Behavioral Disabilities” at the CEC convention in St. Louis on April 15, 2016.  Their talk will discuss new techniques and tools on how educators can support the growing number of students who display disruptive classroom behaviors. Jackson and Peck developed 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.

"We believe teaching emotional regulation is the missing link to students’ ability to function in the classroom and beyond. KidConnect is based on cognitive behavior theory and teaches students strategies to manage their emotions." said Lori Jackson, psychologist and Co-Founder of The Connections Model. “We know classroom teachers need easy and functional tools to support a range of students and situations. KidConnect teaches emotional regulation by repairing the pathways children need to identify, manage, and channel their feelings appropriately. ”

“It is our hope that attendees will return to their home districts with a new understanding of their students.  With KidConnect, teachers can manage and support even the most challenging classroom behaviors,” said Steve Peck, Special Educator and Co-Founder of The Connections Model “CEC is an extraordinary conference and we are excited by the opportunity to meet, learn from and network with colleagues from all around the world at this premier professional development event.”

About The Connections Model

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. 49.5% of school age children will experience mental health issues during their school years.  Learn more at

About Council for Exceptional Children

CEC is the largest and most comprehensive special education professional development event in the world. Hundreds of sessions and workshops at CEC 2016 deliver cutting-edge special education content and resources from the field’s leading subject matter experts in a variety of formats to provide an interactive and engaging program that addresses the hottest-topic issues within special and gifted education today. CEC accomplish their mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development. Learn more about CEC at

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