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Students that have emotional disabilities can exhibit behaviors that can many teachers pulling out their hair in frustration. When a teacher feels they can not reach the child, they feel frustrated and ready to give up. Most teacher colleges do not equip new teachers with the skills they need to help these tortured souls and they themselves burn out because of their lack of knowledge. There is one simple practice a teacher of the emotionally disabled has to master to even start to develop a working relationship with the child. That is to get to know your students.

Don’t expect the emotionally disabled student to make the first move to develop a relationship. Most of the time, these students have poor social skills that are sometimes the root of their behavior. They do not know how to intermingle, ask for help, or any other small social skill that most students have. You as the teacher have to take out and get to know them. Ask them questions about their family, their likes, and dislikes. The more you learn about the child, the more of a relationship you will build. You will soon learn their ‘triggers’ or the things that set them off, and you as the teacher can be proactive and remove the child from the situation before things get heated. The child will learn to trust you and with trust, respect and attention will follow. The student will fight this at first, but most will respond to the attempt to get to know them.

Don Rainwater has written many articles and books on the subject of teaching the behaviorally challenged. To learn more about emotionally disabled and oppositionally defiant children, visit

Every dog, no matter what age, likes to have his own special place to sleep because it causes your canine friend to feel more secure. The perfect place is a quiet, comfortable and dry spot. Good sleep is just as important for your dog as it is for you. A good sleep translates to good health and good health means a longer and happier life. The right dog bed is essential to giving man’s best friend a top-notch place to nap and rest.

There are many styles, shapes, colors and fabrics to choose from. When shopping for a dog bed intended for a senior dog, it is important to keep some things in mind:
Evaluate the size, age and health of your dog and think about the type of bed in which your dog will be most comfortable. As your dog aged, his bones may have become arthritic. Poor circulation may mean that he does not keep as warm as he once did when he was younger. For the senior dog, it is important to provide a bed that provides warmth and a comfortable cushion.

Make sure the covering on the bed is removable and washable. A washable cover is almost a necessity since it will surely get dirty over time. Older dogs are more susceptible to illness as their immunity weakens. Washable dog beds are also a valuable asset for senior pets who are incontinent.

For older dogs you will want to consider a dog bed that is made from memory foam or filled with coil springs, like a made for humans mattress. Orthopedic dog beds will help ensure a restful night for pets with ailing joints. Choose a bed that is the right size for your dog. He should be able to lie flat, completely stretched out on his side, without hanging off of the bed.

Don Rainwater is the author of hundreds of senior dog articles. For more information on senior dog products and to view his book, “When Your Best Friend Becomes Your Old Friend: Caring for a Geriatric Dog” please visit