Preventing Challenging Behaviors

June 19, 2011

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Do you ever lie awake at night thinking about how to prevent your care-receiver’s challenging behaviors and bring some much needed peace and quiet to your home?  I did…and I what to share with you what I discovered!

Two years ago I made a trip to Boston.  Upon arriving at Logan International Airport, I grabbed my bags, rented a car, and quickly drove off to the Hyatt Regency which was only five miles away and just off of Interstate 93.  No problems.

I’m an excellent driver who has a great sense of direction.  Nonetheless, I had only driven about a mile from the airport when I connected to a major freeway with chaotic traffic conditions and confusing interchanges.  The drive quickly became a disorienting and dizzying experience and after several wrong turns, I realized I was lost.

My mistake was that before departing from the airport, when the car agent asked, “Do you need a road map?”  I responded with an enthusiastic, “No!”  Let’s just say I didn’t reach my destination.

The Relational Crisis Prevention model is much like a needed road map.  Without a road map you can end up driving around, making wrong turns, and feeling totally frustrated that you are not getting any closer to our desired destination.

You Need A Road Map

Perhaps as a caregiver attempting to “manage” challenging behaviors you can relate.  Your care-receiver can exhibit a wide range of emotions from anxious to angry to hostile.  If you do not have a crisis escalation “road map” or model, you can easily run around, make the wrong decisions about what to do in response to crisis behaviors, and end up feeling totally frustrated.

My Home Was Becoming A Battlefield

I know how that feels because back in 2000 I was at a total loss of how to “fix” the autism-related crisis behaviors that two of my boys exhibited.  It was at that point in my life where I owned up to the fact that I didn’t have a clue and something needed to change.  My home was becoming a battlefield.   I accepted the fact that if I didn’t set out to start learning more about preventing crisis behaviors…I was not going to be able to go the distance.

It’s Time To “Pay It Forward”

To make a long story short I’ve spent the last 11-years learning and mastering how to prevent crisis behaviors and create positive behavior changes in a way that maintains and strengthens relationships.   I run into a lot of caregivers who are struggling with trying to manage their care-receiver’s challenging behaviors.  It’s time for me to take what I’ve learned and pay it forward…to freely share with you the evidence-based techniques and positive support strategies that I have spend years discovering and putting into practice in my own home and at work.  You can read more about my qualifications and background here.

A Small Investment Delivers Valuable Benefits

How many times, in the middle of acting-out episodes have you thought to yourself, “I wish I knew what else to do!”  Do you sincerely want to learn a little bit more about how to effectively prevent or de-escalate your care-receiver’s challenging behaviors while maintaining a quality relationship? If so, now is the time to find out how.

As a start, watch this short video on the Relational Crisis Prevention Road Map to get you started and click on “subscribe” for upcoming videos.   It’s a small investment that will deliver valuable benefits.

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Christ-follower, husband, dad, choco-holic, and peanut-butter lover! Mike is the founder of Relational Crisis Prevention.

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6 Comments on “Preventing Challenging Behaviors”

  1. Cindi Ferrini Says:

    WOW! This is great! CONGRATS! I’m happy to “pay this forward!” Great info. THANKS for taking the time to help others! (BTW-loved the Boston story….Joe’s got a Boston story, too!)

    Reply

    • Cindi Ferrini Says:

      STORY: Let’s just say he didn’t want to use a map either. By the time we saw things (our whole family including the married couple) for the third time, we were having a hard time trying to “hold it together.” :) We NOW have a GPS! :)

      Reply

  2. Dianna Mifflin Says:

    That was REALLY, REALLY GOOD! Thank you for that! I will stay in touch. :D

    Reply

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