Connections Over Compliance: Rewiring Our Perceptions of Discipline

Connections Over Compliance: Rewiring Our Perceptions of Discipline

by Lori L. Desautels
Connections Over Compliance: Rewiring Our Perceptions of Discipline

Connections Over Compliance: Rewiring Our Perceptions of Discipline

by Lori L. Desautels


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The developing brains of our children need to “feel” safe.

Children who carry chronic behavioral challenges are often met with
reactive and punitive practices that can potentially reactivate the developing stress response systems.

This book deeply addresses the need for co-regulatory and relational touch point practices, shifting student-focused behavior management protocols to adult regulated brain and body states which are brain aligned, preventive, and relational discipline protocols. This new lens for discipline benefits all students by reaching for sustainable behavioral changes through brain state awareness rather than compliance and obedience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948018890
Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
Publication date: 09/18/2020
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 75,027
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lori L. Desautels. PhD is an Assistant Professor at Butler University in the College of Education where she created a graduate certification program in Applied Educational Neuroscience/ Brain and Trauma. Lori was an Assistant Professor at Marian University in Indianapolis where she founded the Educational Neuroscience Symposium, currently in its eighth year, attracting the foremost experts in the fields of educational neuroscience, trauma and adversity. Lori has conducted brain institutes and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, and Dubai on Mind Brain Teaching and Learning. She has created webinars for educators, clinicians, and administrators illustrating how educators and students alike must understand their neuroanatomy to regulate behavior and calm the brain. Visit

Table of Contents

Foreword i


#1 A Pandemic Crisis Calls for a Re-Envisioning and an Opportunity in Our Educational Systems v

#2 Our Brain's Development and the Impact of Implicit Bias and Racial Disparities and Discipline Gaps in Our Schools xiii

Chapter 1 A Journey Through Discipline 1

Chapter 2 Student Behaviors Start with You! 33

Chapter 3 The Masks of Pain and the Power of Regulation 59

Chapter 4 Touch Points Are Maps to Connections 87

Chapter 5 Brain-Aligned Preventive Discipline: Putting it All Together! 119

Chapter 6 Early Childhood Brain-Aligned Preventive Discipline 155

Resource Section

A Brain Aligned Strategies 178

B A Secret 216

C Animal Regulation Cards 221

D Differentiating Amygdala Reset 224

E Getting the Most Out of Your Amygdala Reset Station 229

F Brain Deck (Brain Intervals and Focused Attention Practices) 233

G How Are You Feeling Diagram 241

H Brain Behavior Chart 242

I Brain Behavior Chart II 243

J Accommodations for Adverse Childhood Experiences 245

K Educator Brain State 251

L Brain-Aligned Student Survey 261

M Brain-Aligned Teacher Survey 264

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