Tag Archives: dementia

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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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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CSS

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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8 Strategies For Reducing Stress and Strengthening Relationships

July 22, 2011

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stress

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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Autism: Is There Anybody In There?

July 13, 2011

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AutismChild

As David’s mother watches her two-year old sleep, she often fears that “that tomorrow could be the day that autism will take more away of him and less will be there when he wakes.” For this mother, autism “is taking away some of his abilities to be free.  I want to help him to hold […]

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The Top 5 Ingredients Of A Good Support Team

July 11, 2011

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Alone

Don Bennett was on top of the world. He was wealthy; he owned a ranch, an eight-bedroom waterfront home on Mercer Island, and a ski chalet.  Life was good. And then everything changed. A boating accident resulted in Don losing his right leg.  To make matters worse, during his lengthy hospital stay, his business fell […]

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5 Steps To Help Your Care-Receiver Become More Independent

July 8, 2011

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CSS

Kathy, whose mother is in the early stage of Alzheimer’s, wanted to help her mother feel more in control and live as independently as possible when it came to her mother’s activities of daily living such as doing laundry.  Kathy shared with me that her mother struggles with remembering the sequence of some of the components of doing […]

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When Life Gets Tough(er)

July 6, 2011

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UJ

Life as we knew it was about to change – again. Along with  our “special needs” young adult son and our college and high-school aged  daughters we began a series of challenging adjustments when Joe’s mom joined  our household. Recovering from a two month hospitalization and nursing home  rehabilitation stay, she unpacked her few and […]

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