Students who exhibit behavior that is challenging to adults often struggle with cognitive flexibility.  When the brain lacks access to its ability to gain and send out certain information, it may result in behavior that can look very rigid.  When rigid thought patterns, behavior patterns, and a feeling of a need for control interfere with learning and teaching, working on flexibility skills is a strategy we can use to impact student outcomes.  This workshop will explore how the brain works and the factors that impact a student’s ability to access and use flexibility. 

SNS Learning Event


  • The Flexible Protocol: Emotional Regulation for Children and Their Parents Using Meaning-Focused Therapy and Arts based on cognitive-behavioral approach by Shelly Zantkeren and Yale Sharen
  • A Week of Switching, Shifting, and Stretching How to Make My Thinking More Flexible by Lauren H. Kerstein
  • The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child by Daniel J Sigel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson PhD 

More Resources

Flexibility Resources

*Resources not developed by DPI, and they do not endorse any product or business. These are free resources pertinent to the topic and provided for your review. We encourage you to do your due diligence to determine if these resources are consistent with your district’s vision and mission.