Who is Teaching the Parents?

Posted on Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:29
It is easy to write about the people who are neglectful parents. You know who they are. In my former company I had two psychiatric and psychosocial clinics that served children, and I used to walk into those clinics and think to myself, “What spawned these hellions?” Then I met their mom and dad and I understood.

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.

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?