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The Tough Kid Tool Box

The Tough Kid Tool Box, companion to The Tough Kid Book, supplies ready-to-use, classroom-tested materials to help motivate and manage even the toughest-to-teach students. Together in one convenient place, you will find forms, reproducibles, hints, and explanations to help you implement effective behavior management strategies such as:

  • Mystery Motivators
  • Home Notes
  • Self-Monitoring Forms
  • Behavioral Contracts
  • Tracking Procedures
  • Unique Reinforcers
  • Classroom Interventions

The Tough Kid Tool Box provides complete step-by-step instructions so you can use the tools immediately, even if you haven't read The Tough Kid Book. Open up the Tool Box and start turning tough kids into great kids today!

Includes downloadable reproducible tools in English and Spanish.

I cannot imagine consulting with teachers or delivering direct services without the wealth of innovative, comprehensive, and sound approaches that characterize the Tough Kid Tool Box.
—Susan M. Sheridan, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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  132 pp. (spiral bound) and 250 pp. reproducible forms for download
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  William Jenson, Ginger Rhode, and H. Kenton Reavis
Price: $40.00

William Jenson, Ph.D.



William R. Jenson is a professor and past chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. He received his Ph.D. in School Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis from Utah State University in 1975.

He directed the Adolescent Residential Unit in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Children's Behavior Therapy Unit (CBTU) for Salt Lake Mental Health. CBTU is a day hospital program for severely emotionally disturbed and autistic children.

Dr. Jenson's interests include behavior management for severe behavior problems, behavioral assessment, school-based interventions, parent training, applied technology, and meta-analytic research.

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Ginger Rhode, Ph.D.

Dr. Ginger Rhode


Ginger Rhode is the deputy superintendent for academic achievement in the Canyons School District in Sandy, Utah. Previous assignments in other school districts have included director of special education, director of federal and state programs, elementary school principal, junior high school vice principal, and teacher in elementary and secondary classrooms for severe behavior disordered/emotionally disturbed students.

Dr. Rhode is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah in the Educational Psychology Department. She has taught numerous university classes and has published many books, journal articles, book chapters, and professional papers. Her main areas of interest and expertise include classroom and schoolwide management, social skills training, generalization and maintenance of behavior, legal issues affecting students with disabilities, and providing a rigorous academic environment for all students.

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H. Kenton Reavis, Ph.D.

Dr. H. Kenton Reavis


Ken Reavis was Coordinator of the Comprehensive System of Personnel Development and Specialist for Behavior Disorders and Discipline in the Services for the At Risk Section of the Utah State Office of Education.

Dr. Reavis's extensive educational experience in the field as classroom teacher, university professor, and administrator was reflected in his research, writing, and presentations. His career focused on student management, discipline, school climate, noncompliance, school assistance teams, and prereferral strategies. His work continues to benefit teachers, administrators, resource personnel, and parents.

Dr. Reavis passed away in 2001.


The Tough Kid Tool Box has been the go-to resource for behavior management for years. It is invaluable in planning positive behavior interventions and supports, least restrictive behavior interventions, and tiered interventions for response to intervention (RtI). The CD-ROM with forms in English and Spanish is a significant addition to the updated version.

—Mary Zimmerman, Resource Teacher,
Salt Lake City School District

The Tough Kid Tool Box is a superb behavior management resource for educators. The strategies are sound, based on solid scientific principles; the activities and tactics are positive, fun, and effective. Teachers will find the Tough Kid Tool Box to be an invaluable addition to their professional library, something they will turn to frequently to help them deal effectively with their challenging students and create a fun, safe, and positive learning environment in their classroom. I recommend this program highly!

—Ken Merrell, Ph.D., Professor and Co-Director,
School Psychology Program Head,
Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences, University of Oregon

There is nothing more difficult for a teacher and classroom than a disruptive student. For teachers without tools, student behaviors appear a mysterious set of unchangeable circumstances that create chaos and disruption. Schools are directed to use evidence-based interventions that frequently are not practical in a school setting. Enter the Tough Kid Series. Dr. Jenson, Dr. Rhode, and Dr. Reavis created magic by setting in motion evidence-based practices in a fun, engaging method that was simple to implement and practical for classroom management. Kids, even Tough Kids, love them. Teachers are empowered to create a positive learning environment with the most challenging students. I don’t know how any classroom today can live without the knowledge and power that comes from these pages.

—Sally LaRue, Ph.D.,
Director of Educational Support Services,
Humble Independent School District,
Humble, Texas

The Tough Kid Tool Box is an invaluable resource for everyone working with children and youth with challenging behaviors. Student services personnel—resource teachers, counselors, behavior specialists, and school psychologists in particular—as well as classroom teachers will find the Tough Kid Tool Box a useful resource document in the development and implementation of appropriate program plans. The Tool Box is clearly formatted and jam-packed with positive, practical techniques and strategies that are motivational and fun! These well-defined strategies can be readily incorporated into IEPs and behavioral plans and customized to support individual student outcomes and interventions for the entire class. One of the most valuable features of the Tool Box is the number of reproducible forms to be used for data collection and data tracking purposes. Forms for student self-monitoring and a wide range of behavioral contract forms also are included. An accompanying CD contains electronic versions of each form that can be completed as appropriate directly on the computer. The authors are to be applauded for their timely revision of this comprehensive and highly recommended resource!

—Candace Borger,
Administrator, Educational Support Services
St. James-Assiniboia School Division,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Believe it or not, the new Tough Kid Tool Box is even better than the original. The Tool Box is full of research-based strategies that have been translated into practical techniques that are both highly creative and effective at promoting positive behavioral skill development in even the "toughest" kids. Practitioners working in the schools, in either direct or indirect service roles, will find the strategies, protocols, and formats for assessment and intervention extremely valuable and exceptionally well presented. I cannot imagine consulting with teachers or delivering direct services without the wealth of innovative, comprehensive, and sound approaches that characterize the Tough Kid Tool Box.

—Susan M. Sheridan, Ph.D.,
Willa Cather Professor ad Professor of Educational Psychology
Director, Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE