Lessons from LaRoux

How Needs Shape Behavior in Developing Brains


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How can sound principles from another discipline inform our educational work with younger children?

It’s no secret that outward behaviors in our students rarely tell the whole story. Instead, those verbal and physical actions often serve as clues pointing to deeper needs, emotions, and desires. Once the underlying issues are addressed, the path away from negative words and actions becomes much smoother and clearer.

That bedrock truth is one of many that Dan St. Romain explores in this unique resource, Lessons from LaRoux: How Needs Shape Behavior in Developing Brains.

As he addresses fifteen key areas, St. Romain links an educational touch point – such as a student’s need for belonging – with a relevant story about his dog LaRoux, and then a take-away strategy (in this case, the importance of building social skills and emphasizing unstructured play in ways that foster belonging).

Along its fun and insightful journey, Lessons from LaRoux is filled with timely and applicable topics, including:

  • The importance of approaching behaviors with understanding, not judgment
  • How bringing every challenge back to development nurtures healthy learning
  • The wisdom of assuming positive intent in the children in our care
  • Why responding instead of reacting empowers students to make wise choices
  • Keys to becoming a great behavioral detective – with a kind heart
  • …and more!


Especially in these crucial post-pandemic years, children who are still catching up developmentally need a strong network of support to help them acquire the behavior skills needed for healthy learning and growth – and this resource shows the way.

Written by Dan St. Romain
Paperback ISBN 9781953945815
eBook ISBN 9781953945822
Grades K-12
128 pages
Release Date June 15, 2023

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National Center for Youth Issues

Dan St. Romain is a national independent educational consultant who provides staff development and consultative services to educators and parents working with children at all developmental levels. Dan is passionate about helping individuals shift their perspective on discipline, understanding the best ways to provide support given the challenges posed in today’s society.

After receiving his master’s degree in education, Dan worked in both private residential and public school settings, as well as at the Region 20 Education Service Center in San Antonio, Texas. His work as a selfcontained behavior unit teacher, educational diagnostician, behavior consultant, and director of a learning resource center has afforded him experience at all levels, in both general and special education settings. Dan is now enjoying semi-retirement after having worked in the school system for the past 30 years.

Dan’s overwhelming strength is his skill as a presenter. Although his sessions are exceedingly interactive, his greatest asset lies in his ability to offer participants rich insight into the connectedness between educational practices and student behavior. He is the author of Lessons from LaRoux: How Needs Shape Behavior in Developing Brains, Teach Skills and Break Habits: Growth Mindsets for Better Behavior in the Classroom, Positive Behavior Principles: Shifting Perspectives and Aligning Practices in Schools, and several resources for teaching social skills, featuring his chameleon, Juan Pablo.

This book is different from other behavior books, in that the personal stories make it a relatable and perfect summer read. I’ve had the opportunity to hear Dan St. Romain speak several times, and this book truly reflects the author- insight, wisdom, and warmth. I really appreciated the chapter on instruction, which was practical and full of takeaways. If you are looking to understand behavior and how to respond in a nurturing empowering way, definitely check out this new book. This book would be perfect for a summer book study with your advisory team, school, or counseling colleagues.

Laura Filtness
School Counselor

I love when I read a book and can immediately take an idea and directly relate to my profession. I have so many takeaways from this quick read.

Jessica Perez


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