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What is PAX Tools?

PAX Tools is a collection of evidence-based behavioral strategies for families and communities to promote the development of self-regulation skills of children in their lives. PAX Tools draws on decades of science to create strategies that support parents, youth workers, and other caring adults to create a nurturing environment that ultimately helps kids thrive! 

Who Should Attend a PAX Tools Training? 

PAX Tools is intended for any caring adult who interacts with children, such as parents, caregivers, professionals and volunteers. Caregivers who participate in PAX Tools trainings will receive the materials they need to effectively use PAX Tools with children, including the PAX Tools App.


When is the PAX TOOLS Training?


  • September 24, 2021 | 12:00-2:30 pm
  • October 5, 2021 | 10:00 am-12:30 pm
  • November 6, 2021 | 9:30 am-12:00 pm​​​​​​​


Register Here for the Training

For More Information Contact:
Michelle Huff, Fairfield County ESC Instructional Coach
mhuff@fairfieldesc.org 740-653-3193 x 5249


PAX Tools

Tool #1: Shared Vision
Shared Vision ensures that young people and adults are on the same page with expectations as well as possible pitfalls for the upcoming activity.

Tool #2: Low Emotional Response
Low Emotional Responses allow adults to provide instantaneous, neutral, non-verbal feedback for individuals without embarrassment or interruption of an activity.

Tool #3: Beat the Timer
Beat the Timer allows young people block out distractions and stay on task to the finish.

Tool #4: Random Sticks
Random Sticks help in scenarios when children feel that adults are playing favorites or not being “fair”.

Tool #5: Mystery Motivators
Mystery Motivators jumpstart motivation for completing tasks and carrying out positive behavior.

Tool #6: Kudos Notes
Kudos Notes are written letters of appreciation that identify and increase the behavior we want more of.

Tool #7: PAX Breaks
PAX Breaks are used to stop growing tension, teach children and adults to recognize when they are getting upset, and provide emotional and physical space to calm down.

Tool #8: PAX Amends
PAX Amends allows adults and young people to use restorative consequences when natural and logical consequences are not available.
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Tool #9: PAX Focus
PAX Focus increases communication, expectations, and psychological safety between young people and adults as well as promotes youth self-regulation.