How Teachers Can Help Students with Challenging Behaviors, with Drs. Porges and Delahooke

Teaching is one of the most important jobs on the planet, but it doesn't come with an instruction manual for how to respond to the sometimes challenging behaviors of bright and quirky students. Thanks to the work of Dr. Stephen Porges and Dr. Mona Delahooke, teachers now have an effective new way of intervening, based on the latest science.

This lively talk with two giants in the fields of child psychology and neurobiology offers practical strategies for how teachers can connect with students in profound ways that reduce behavioral challenges. Parents are encouraged to share this brief video with their child's teacher!



Now we'd love to hear from you. What's bubbling up for you after hearing this vlog? Let us know in the comments section below!


  1. Robyn on April 29, 2021 at 3:59 am

    Thank you for making this available for the important people (SCHOOLS!) to see!

  2. Corinne Levitt on April 29, 2021 at 4:13 am

    Loved your vlog! Such an important message.
    As a teacher I’ve tried hard to promote this same shift in mindset and redirect our focus away from from a negative view of behaviour and labels toward a deeper understanding of our students’ needs abilities and strengths. Your work plays such an important role in the ongoing effort to change school culture toward more meaningful outcomes and futures for our neurodiverse students. Can’t wait to get Beyond Behaviour.

  3. Liz on April 29, 2021 at 5:08 am

    This is so powerful! Can’t wait to share with my parents and teachers.
    We all need to key into what the childs body “temperature” is telling us.
    Many thanks Debbie

  4. Kristina Moore on April 29, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Thank you for sharing this. I agree with all of it. Now I’m thinking of how to share this with my grandson’s teachers/principal without them getting defensive or offended.

  5. Jura Litchfield on April 29, 2021 at 7:15 am

    How to determine when a behavior is a demand to get one’s own way or is a result of a neural reaction?

  6. Sue on April 29, 2021 at 7:31 am

    What are the implications and approaches for the high school level with students who actively/passively avoid/resist providing evidence of learning even when many executive functioning supports are employed? The student uses multiple evasive techniques. What might be the underlying triggers and what can a teacher do to move thestudent into a state of safety so they can engege with the learning?

  7. Linda Li on April 29, 2021 at 8:10 am

    Love your talks so much! I am deeply touched by these science experts who work so hard to help our children to thrill at their journey! Every time when I watch videos like this, I feel like going back to the education filed and be a teacher again!

  8. Lisa on April 29, 2021 at 9:13 am

    I thought the concepts that you presented about emotional regulation vs behavioural management is so valid and yet often as adults we act on the behaviours. Relationship relationship!

    • Lisa on April 29, 2021 at 9:14 am

      I would also like to hear more about distinguishing between emotional regulations needs and avoidance/attention seeking behaviour.

      • Joy on May 3, 2021 at 7:07 am

        Me also Lisa. Good question.

  9. Bonnie on April 29, 2021 at 11:41 am

    This was amazing. I truly hope that school systems change their ways. Thank you for this!

  10. Diane+DeSloover on April 29, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    I have been homeschooling my 13 year old autistic granddaughter for the past two years and the single most important learning for me has been in the area of behavior/emotional regulation. It’s often a real challenge to get her to verbalize what is causing her discomfort but the physical signs in her body speak loud and clear. As I have worked to understand her – and my own emotional vulnerability – we have been able to find so many more times of comfort and joy in learning. I loved hearing this vlog because it reinforces what I need to remind myself of daily. Thank you so much for your constant encouragement and all of the valuable information you share. It’s takes a village . . . Maybe more like a city . . . to navigate this complex world of ours.

  11. Rob McKenna on April 29, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    This was a great talk for teachers and parents. Such incredibly useful information. It certainly changed my thinking.

  12. Joy on May 3, 2021 at 7:11 am

    Good question from Lisa re. distinguishing between emotional regulations needs and avoidance/attention seeking behaviour, I’d like to hear more on that please. Thanks for this.
    I’m not sure how to make it available to our teacher without Facebook?

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