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Self-Regulation and Active Problem Solving: Activities to Teach Kids How to Generalize Learned Skills to Real-Life Situations

Briana Makofske, Ph.D.
Publication Date:
Jan 28, 2020
PESI Publishing
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Overcome Stressful Moments, Gain Confidence & Generalize Skills

Inside you’ll find uniquely designed activities that challenge children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anxiety, and other neurodevelopmental disorders to apply learned skills in unpredictable situations that reflect real-life scenarios.

Unlike most books that teach individual skills in a controlled environment, these activities ask children to implement their new skills while they’re dysregulated, frustrated or stressed—making it easier to generalize these skills in the real world.

Activities to help children:

  • Follow directions & stay on task
  • Problem-solve
  • Advocate for themselves
  • Manage their emotions
  • Think flexibly
  • Collaborate with others


  • Step-by-step directions
  • Lesson plans and examples
  • Challenges to incorporate into each activity
  • Reflection sheets
  • Case examples



Briana Makofske, Ph.D. Related seminars and products

Briana Makofske, Ph.D., is the co-owner of Summit Psychological Assessment & Consultation and a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed School Psychologist in the state of Colorado. She has extensive experience working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders in school settings and in private practice. She addresses children’s individual needs through assessment, the development of collaborative goals and interventions, and the provision of direct and consultative services. Dr. Makofske believes that all children can acquire skills to increase their independence. The focus of her work now is collaborating with, and teaching skills to, parents and educators to support children in multiple environments.


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