Does YOUR SCHOOL need an Evidence-Based Program to Guide its Positive Behavioral Support System and Decrease its Discipline Problems???

The Stop & Think Social Skills Program part of Project ACHIEVE's Positive Self-Management System is Now Available through CICC

And so is the Stop and Think Program for Parents!

The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) is now featuring the Stop and Think Social Skills Program, created by Dr. Howard M. Knoff, to help your school create POSITIVE SCHOOL CLIMATES, DECREASE DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS, and INCREASE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT-- a key component of academic achievement.

The Stop & Think School Program has been designated as a "Model Program" by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a "Promising Program" by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), and a "Key Model Program" by the Collaboration for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

In addition, the Stop & Think Parent Program has just been published by Dr. Knoff, and it is exclusively available from CICC under a special agreement.

The Stop and Think programs teach an effective, evidence-based approach to help children solve just about any social problem or challenge that they or teachers teaching them confront. Indeed, the programs teach a wide range of very practical Survival, Interpersonal, Problem-Solving and Conflict Resolution skills.


Manuals and Instructional Kits for Preschool THROUGH Middle School

Stop & Think

There are four age-specific Stop and Think Social Skills Classroom kits from preschool through middle school. These separate, developmentally-sensitive curricula are written for classroom teachers and focus on the following grade levels:

PreKindergarten through First Grade Students

Second and Third Grade Students

Fourth and Fifth Grade Students

Middle School (Sixth through Eighth) Grade Students


This kit shows teachers how to teach 20 different social skills, along with over 15 different classroom or building routines. Every skill is taught through a variety of role-playing and group activities, which are all explained in the Teacher's Manual for this evidence-based program.

The instructional package for this nationally-reknown social skills program consists of a:

  • Teacher's Manual written in a user-friendly fashion
  • Reproducible Forms Book with almost 200 pages of skill steps, calendars, lesson plan forms, and teaching tools that all are reproducible
  • 25 sets of 20 Cue Cards each that present the behavioral steps for the 10 core and 10 advanced skills at each developmental level
  • 25 small Stop and Think stop signs
  • 5 large posters that show each of the five steps of the Stop and Think teaching language
  • One large Stop and Think stop sign

Complete instructional packages are available, as are additional sets of cue cards, signs and posters. For more information on how the Stop & Think Program specifically teaches social skills see the end of this announcement.

To obtain these instructional packages, click on the age group of your interest:



Stop and Think

Parents also can learn to teach their children social skills by using the Stop and Think Parenting Book: A Guide to Children's Good Behavior, accompanied by its 75 minute demonstration DVD, Teaching Children to Stop and Think at Home: A Parent's Guide to Teaching Good Behavior.

These two teaching tools can also be used by professionals, such as counselors, social workers, psychologists and prevention specialists, for parenting classes highlighting the Stop and Think Program.

Guided by the book and DVD, parents learn the five-step Stop and Think approach, and how to teach the social skills to their preschool and/or elementary school children. Different suggestions are provided for teaching preschool, early, and late elementary school children, taking the child's level of development into consideration.

Parents learn how to introduce and practice the social skills so that the skills are performed by their children more and more successfully and automatically over time. They are specifically "coached" in the best ways to talk to their children, to motivate their children, and to stay consistent with their children - across different settings, situations, and circumstances.

The Book prompts parents to watch one of the nine DVD segments that show real parents teaching their own children the Stop and Think process.

The book also includes a calendar with guidelines and dates for teaching and reinforcing the social skills for up to a full year. It also provides forms that help parents to keep track of their children's progress, Cue Cards on which each skill is broken into its component behavioral steps, and Parenting Points to consider and keep in mind when teaching a specific skill.

This Stop & Think Program can be self-taught by parents who purchase the Book/DVD package or obtain it through their local schools or agencies. This Program also can be taught by professionals to parent groups using the same instructional package that the parents receive.

To obtain this instructional package, click here.



Contact us about a Personal Training or Workshop from Dr. Howard M. Knoff

Dr. Knoff

Dr. Howard M. Knoff is the Director of Project ACHIEVE, author of the Stop and Think Social Skills Programs, and Director of the Arkansas Department of Education's School Improvement Grant which is funding the statewide implementation of Project ACHIEVE.

Dr. Knoff was previously Professor of School Psychology at the University of South Florida for 20 years and the Director of the School Psychology Program there for 12 years. His Ph.D. degree is from Syracuse University (1980), and he has worked since 1978 as a practitioner, consultant, licensed private psychologist, and university professor.

Dr. Knoff is widely respected for his research and writing on school reform and organizational change, consultation and intervention processes, social skills and behavior management training, personality assessment, and professional issues. He has published over 75 articles and book chapters, and delivered over 500 papers and workshops nationally. A recipient of the Lightner Witmer Award from the American Psychological Association's School Psychology Division in 1989 for early career contributions, and almost $4 million in external grants since 1990, he was the 21st President of the National Association of School Psychologists, which now represents over 20,000 school psychologists.

To explore bringing Dr. Knoff to your school or community, click here and provide contact information.

(Make sure to provide information about yourself and how to contact you.)



Good Choice, Bad Choice

The Stop and Think Social Skill Training program uses a five-step approach for teaching, reinforcing or using any of the social skills mentioned above. The five steps are:

  • Stop and Think! This step is designed to condition children to take the time necessary to calm down and think about how they want to handle a situation.
  • Are You Going To Make a Good Choice or a Bad Choice? This step provides children with a chance to decide what kind of choice they want to make. With help from parents and teachers, along with the meaningful positive and negative consequences for various choices, children decide to make a "Good Choice."
  • What Are Your Choices or Steps? This step helps children to develop a specific plan before implementing a social skill. Here is where parents and teachers assist children by providing possible good choices or by actually teaching specific skills by breaking them into their component behavioral parts. This step helps children to "think before they act"? getting them ready to move into action...and
  • Just Do It! Here is where children actually perform their "Good Choice" behavior. If the specific skill or choice works, great. If not, the child is either provided with additional choices by their parents or teachers, or they are taught a new skill to use. Sometimes, they are prompted to go over the steps of a previously taught skill to make sure they are using it properly. Once successful, it's on to the last step.
  • The Good Job! step prompts children to reinforce themselves for successfully using a social skill and successfully responding to a situation or request. This step is important because children - and adults - do not always reinforce themselves for making good choices and doing a good job. Thus, this step teaches self-reinforcement.



Stop and Think

The Stop and Think Programs help parents and teachers to teach ten basic and ten advanced social skills at each of four developmental levels. The skills can be organized in four clusters: Survival Skills - these are the most basic skills that are needed in order to be successful with all of the other skills that are taught. These skills lay the foundation for all other skills and include the social skills of:

  • Listening
  • Following Directions
  • Using Nice Talk
  • Using Brave Talk
  • Rewarding Yourself
  • Evaluating Yourself

Interpersonal Skills - these skills help children interact successfully and get along with siblings, peers, older and younger students, parents, teachers and other adults. Included here are the social skills of:

  • Sharing
  • Asking for Permission
  • Joining an Activity
  • Contributing to Discussions
  • Answering Questions
  • How to Interrupt
  • How to Wait Your Turn
  • How to Wait for Adult's Attention
  • Beginning/Ending a Conversation
  • Giving/Accepting Compliments

Problem Solving Skills - these skills help children to solve or prevent individual, interactive, peer, or classroom problems, and include the social skills of:

  • Asking for Help
  • Apologizing
  • Accepting Consequences
  • Setting a Goal
  • Deciding What To Do
  • Avoiding Trouble
  • Understanding the Feelings of Others
  • Responding to Failure

Conflict Resolution Skills - these skills help children to deal with highly emotional situations and to resolve existing intrapersonal and interpersonal conflicts. Included here are the social skills of:

  • Dealing with Teasing
  • Dealing with Losing
  • Dealing with Anger
  • Walking Away from a Fight
  • Dealing with Accusations
  • Dealing with Being Left Out
  • Dealing with Peer Pressure
  • Dealing with Fear
  • Dealing with the Anger of Others




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