Changing Behaviors | Easy As A-B-C

Posted on Sat, 04/29/2017 - 10:39
Over the last several weeks we have spent a lot of time describing and defining behaviors. After all, our words and appearance and behaviors define us. People cannot see our intent nor can they hear what we are thinking. They can only see the things we do, hear the things we say, and observe the way we act.

Kids Having Kids

Posted on Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:28

If You Can Read This...

Posted on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:53

Teaching Social Skills | The Pedagogical Quandary

Posted on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:16
How do you teach social skills to a group of students lacking the basic social skills to sit, listen, participate, and learn? How do you get a kid to listen to you, a well-educated person that may or may not be of the same gender/race/socio-economic status as them?

Rules are Rules.

Posted on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:49
Parents and teachers alike understand that kids will misbehave. The best kid in the world will do something at some time that they should not have done. Part of being a kid is messing up, and part of being a parent and an educator is using these “mess ups” as teaching and thereby learning opportunities.

Face to Face: Anger

Posted on Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:52
Anger is one of the most readily identifiable and easy to discern emotions we deal with each day. From being cut off in traffic to something going wrong at work to breaking your favorite glass – anger happens. We have read so much pop-psychology regarding anger that we have almost made it a bad word. It is as if people who are truly centered and enlightened will no longer get angry. This is not only wrong, it’s goofy.

I Believe in Competition!

Posted on Mon, 05/26/2014 - 12:28
There are few places that bring about the smile of a child faster than Disney World. Just the thought of riding the spinning teacups or flying on Space Mountain or going on an adventure with the Pirates of Caribbean will bring cheers from any aged child. Disney World is a planet unto itself where make-believe and wonder are at the core of every day.

Give Kids a Chance with Social and Emotional Skills

Posted on Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:52
Last week we talked about the method, or pedagogy, for teaching social and emotional skills.

Discipline vs. Punishment

Posted on Thu, 03/20/2014 - 12:26
As we continue our discussion about the process of behavior change it is important to stop every now and then and address common misconceptions about how things should be done. Last week we talked about the importance of the Differential Reinforcement of Inappropriate behaviors (DRI). The DRI is a fancy way of describing the consequence for an inappropriate behavior. A DRI may be a time out, an extra assignment, extra chores, or an actual punishment - and this is what we need to talk about today. Is a good DRI a punishment?