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How To Weaken Challenging Behaviors By Building Stronger Relationships

August 26, 2011

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BTR

A father emailed me, “I never hit my child, but I would get so mad at him, it was like I would get spiteful:  I would tell him I was going to put him up for adoption if he didn’t behave.  It would make him cry.  I know he couldn’t help his behaviors at times […]

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Don’t Use This Technique To Gain Compliance!

August 12, 2011

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Cedric, an 11-year old boy with a developmental disability, was restrained for refusing to sit in his chair.  His teacher, instead of being willing to use Positive Support Strategies, opted for “compliance” and the use of force to bring it about!  Where does this type of response to “noncompliance” leave us with Cedric?  Is it possible that […]

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7 “Must Do’s!” For Reducing Challenging Behaviors

August 10, 2011

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ScreamingChild

We have all heard, ‘I’ll scratch your back, you scratch mine.’ This is often the case in a variety of social interactions and is a great example of The Golden Rule or social reciprocity in action. Let me quickly synthesize the research on social reciprocity in marital therapy for you because I believe that the application […]

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Here’s A Proven Way To Prevent Crisis Behaviors!

August 4, 2011

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QandA

Want to learn a safe and effective way to prevent challenging behaviors?  It’s never too late to learn new and effective ways to minimize and even prevent many crisis behaviors!  Dr. Ross Greene, author of the Explosive Child, discussed the importance of identifying “situational factors” that can fuel crisis behaviors.   I’d like to add to […]

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One Way To Decrease Crisis Behaviors: Setting Events

August 1, 2011

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twohandsreaching

As I stated in a previous post, an understanding of “setting events” can help you to prevent or de-escalate crisis behaviors!  In fact, in the field of crisis prevention the concept of setting events is an important consideration in problem-solving challenging behaviors.  If you were to only learn one important thing from this post, this would be […]

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Caregiver Success Story: Julia

July 29, 2011

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A mom was sharing with me about the challenging behavior her son, Gavin, exhibits when it comes to cleaning up his room.  “I’ll ask him to put his Xbox games, MP3, puzzle books, and clothes away at the end of the day,” said Julia.  “I think that it’s fair to ask a 10-year old boy […]

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It’s Time For A Change

July 25, 2011

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QandA

One of the best things that has happened over the last 10+ years in the field of human services is called person-centered planning.  Person-centered planning is a process-oriented approach to empowering people with disability labels.   It focuses on the people and their needs in order to produce a better quality of life.  This process is being used in […]

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8 Strategies For Reducing Stress and Strengthening Relationships

July 22, 2011

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For those of you who have had the privilege of accompanying people on life’s journey who have a diagnosis of autism or dementia, you know that it is not always easy being with them.  Their challenging behaviors are often a reflection of inner distress and what they need most is a relationship with someone who is willing […]

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4 Productive Tips For Responding To Challenging Behaviors

July 20, 2011

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ParentFight

“I don’t like what I’ve become.  I used to think of myself as a kind and patient person,” Debbie stated, “But Matthew has caused me to act in ways I never thought I was capable of.  I’m emotionally exhausted.  I can’t keep reacting like this…”  I don’t know about you, but I have had days where […]

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Challenging Behaviors: It’s A Choice!

July 18, 2011

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Let’s be honest.  The truth is that sometimes we are totally baffled as to why our child with special needs or adult parent with dementia do the things they do!  If you’re the type of caregiver who’s open to new concepts, and I’ll bet you are, then I’d like to share a concept with you concerning […]

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