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Getting your child’s behavior in check may seem like an impossible task, whether it’s out of control all the time or just in specific situations. This ABC list of challenges and parenting tips can direct you to resources on this Parenting Special Needs site that will put you back in charge of the situation. It’s not exactly as easy as ABC, but you can manage.
- A is for Analysis to figure your child out.
Analysis of behavior is an essential first step to taming your child’s wild ways. Until you know who, what, where, when, and why the behavior occurs, you won’t know how to stop it. If you can figure out what causes the problem, changing that may be easier than changing your child’s behavioral reaction.
- B is for Boredom that makes kids squirm and pout.
Boredom is like an “on” switch for your child’s misbehavior, so you’d better turn it off as quickly as possible. Having a constant supply of fun and distraction available at all times gives you the boredom-busting power you need. That’s true whether you’re killing time in doctor’s waiting rooms and long car trips, or stuck at home for a vacation day or rainy weekend.
- C is for Charts to provide good motivation.
Charts to encourage good behavior are often ineffective for children with special behavioral needs, if they’re too complicated or abstract or dependent on the child to provide self-motivation. When adapted to your child’s particular needs, though, they can be a powerful tool. They don’t even have to be the paper-on-the-wall variety. Stacking beads or stockpiling coins can also be used measure motivation.