Ripple Effects - Software to positively change behavior
Ripple Effects: Meeting a Range of Special Needs

Raise grades

Reduce truancy

Build character

Prevent bullying

Solve behavior problems

Anywhere. Anytime

"(Before) I'd never tell my advisor ... . Now I'll go to my advisor. She helps, or I'll go to a teacher. I feel OK doing that. I was embarrassed to ask the teacher , but after I did the program, I'm not. You've got to express yourself so you can know more."
Student, Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, Oakland, CA

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Both Ripple Effects for Kids and Ripple Effects for Teens can be a substantial and important part of truly Individualized Education Plans for students with a range of special needs. The simple monitoring and reporting features enable adult facilitators to monitor each student's progress and report to parents with a minimum of fuss.

The software helps students with special needs succeed by:

  • Providing research-validated and comprehensive positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS)
  • RTI: early individualized interventions to build student's resilience, social and emotional competency, and connection to the community
  • Ensuring fidelity to proven effective cognitive-behavioral training methods
  • Matching training to each student’s learning strengths
  • Automatically monitoring student progress – reducing paperwork

Here are some examples of how Ripple Effects applications accommodate students with special needs.

Students who are deaf - text to sound equivalents give them complete access to the entire program.
Students with Dyslexia - the program provides specific information on student rights to reasonable accommodation, as well as practical tips for reducing the impact of dyslexia on academic achievement, and specific techniques for dealing with the feelings and frustration that comes with dyslexia.
English Language learners - simple vocabulary, comic book style illustrations, narration by peers from diverse cultural groups, and topics that reflect some of these students most immediate concerns, like making friends, and dealing with discrimination, have made this program a big hit among English Language learners.
Students with attention-related problems - an interactive profiler based on DSM-IV provides broad screening to separate the medical condition of ADHD from other causes of attention deficit, such as learning style differences, preoccupation with personal problems, and substance use. Provides impulse control training as well as information about Ritalin.
Students with communicative disorders, such as mild autism or Asperger's syndrome - the specific, repeatable training in basic social skills such as making eye contact and starting and stopping conversations, makes it possible for each student to have an individualized plan of specific training, without requiring an individual instructor for each student.
Students with other emotional and behavioral disorders - whether rooted in family dynamics, or a variety of other social factors, from racism to abuse, are explicitly addressed with separate tutorials, which often include encouragement and guidance for talking about those problems with a trusted adult. There are many reports of students disclosing their personal problem to counselors and nurses, after having a chance to use the program.

If kids with learning, attention and conduct problems don't get help, their frustration is likely to lead either to aggression (acting out) or withdrawal (dropping out). Over a lifetime, untreated learning problems are correlated with lower employment, higher welfare and higher incarceration rates.

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