The best information for dealing with a child behavior problem, including a free ebook offering solutions for prevention and positive supports for all ages. Why struggle any longer when you can apply some simple techniques that will make everyone's life better?
Using effective methods of discipline can decrease child bad behavior, but the child's reaction to them can often be discouraging to parents. By applying the techniques outlined in the book, it can help to prevent problems in the first place.
As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) that has worked with many children of all ages and different levels of need and as a mother of THREE myself, I understand what you are going through. You may find that you need to apply them all or just a few, but either way you are sure to discover great ideas for your child behavior problem.
Then be sure to check out the Behavior Help section for additional tips to working with signs of ADHD, neurological disorders in children, such as characteristics for autism, and sensory disorders.
A piece of food can be considered a reinforcer (a desirable item, object, event, or stimulus), right? When you haven’t eaten in a really long time, a piece of food becomes a much more desirable item, right? In fact, at times you might be so hungry that you would do anything just to get a piece of food.
If you hadn’t been able to eat in a couple days you might even begin to behave irrationally by attacking another person just to get a piece of bread found on the ground.
Then the problem behavior of physically attacking another person (common child behavior problem), which resulted in getting food (very strong reinforcer at this point), would occur more frequently as a result of being strongly reinforced.
However, in another situation, suppose you had just gone to a buffet and eaten a few plates of food. Your stomach is extremely full, so you actually unbutton the top of your pants to get some breathing room.
Then you notice a piece of bread on the floor and another person is reaching down to pick it up. Do you think you would physically attack that person to get that piece of bread? I would hope not.
If we can eliminate the hunger (the establishing operation that alters the reinforcer's effectiveness in this specific example) in our children, metaphorically speaking, we finally have the opportunity to more easily decrease and eliminate a child behavior problem.
Not to say there still won’t be some situations you will have to deal with, but it will be much easier to stop a child from attacking another person over a piece of bread after they have eaten from a buffet, then if they had been starving for two days now wouldn’t it?
Behavior is often used to obtain what that person considers to be an extremely valuable reinforcer. In the example above that reinforcer was food. However, if you decrease the value of the reinforcer, the person will be less likely to engage in that behavior problem.
This was indicated in the example above when the person had eaten from the buffet and the value of the bread was decreased. This is not to say there won’t still be additional work needed, but the uphill battle will become much more stable ground.
Another reason to apply the methods in the book are to help with the use of time outs. These can be an effective tool for responding to aggression and decreasing that problem behavior, but initially it can also substantially increase aggression. Once in time out, you may continue to see aggressive behavior in children even more severely than before.
As a result, parents may unintentionally use the method improperly, coming to the conclusion that time outs just don’t work. However, if you put proactive strategies in place first outlined in the free eBook, you will find when you do need to use time outs, they will be much easier to do and more effective. You will also automatically see a decrease in child behavior problems, like temper tantrums and meltdowns in general just by applying the outlined concepts provided in the book.
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