What are some things I can start on today?
1. Catching a child being good by noticing and rewarding appropriate behavior and ignoring (or, when necessary, providing appropriate redirection for problem behavior).
2. Creating a daily routine with rules about doing homework, bedtime, getting ready for school in the morning, and other key moments in the day.
3. Giving your child specific, rather than general, directions (“Please put your clothes in your hamper,” for example, rather than “clean your room.”)
4. Minimizing distractions in your home.
5. Providing choices.
6. Minimizing choices, so your child is not overwhelmed by options.
7. Creating an organized home.
8. Helping your child break down large tasks and set small, achievable goals that, over time, add up to more substantial accomplishments.
9. Establishing age-appropriate rewards and discipline.
10. Working with a teacher to create a daily report card.
How long are consultations?
Typically, follow-up consultations are two-hours in duration. This may be modified based on individual needs. Initial assessments may require more lengthy observation periods.
How frequent are consultations?
Typically, follow-up consultations occur every week; however, it is a goal to thin out to schedule to bi-monthly or one time per month based on desired behavioral progress/outcomes.
How can parent training help?
Parent training represents a therapeutic approach in which parents are taught how to:
Increase desirable child behavior
Reduce children's misbehavior
Improve parent-child interactions
Bring about a positive family atmosphere
What is parent training?
Parent training aims to change parenting behaviors. It teaches parents reinforcement methods for improving pre-school and school-age children's behavior problems.
Studies have consistently shown parent training to be effective for reducing behavior problems. Moreover, these reductions in undesired behavior have been shown to last years after treatment has ended. Some studies have shown parent training to be valuable for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, depression, developmental disabilities, autism, and elimination disorders such as bed-wetting, while improving parental mental health.
Although many variations of parent training exist, several characteristics are shared by most programs. Parents are usually taught how to carefully observe their child's behavior in order to better understand why their child acts the way they do. They observe what situations and events come before the behavior and what usually follows. Parents are taught to effectively use a number of skills and techniques for improving their child's behavior.
Specific skills often taught include praise, positive attention, administration of rewards and privileges, rule-setting, routine building, ignoring, and strengthening more appropriate replacement behaviors.
Parents are taught when and how to use these skills. They are taught timing, consistency, intensity, and integration of these skills. Even the most effective skill used at the wrong time or in the wrong way will not promote wanted changes in behavior.
How is payment handled?
Payment is due, in full, at the beginning of each session in the form of cash, check, or credit card. Families may be able to receive reimbursement for a portion of the cost of therapy through in or out-of-insurance network benefits. Some families have also been approved to access funding through the state and regional centers. Behavior Essentials would be happy to provide information on funding sources upon request.
Fees are competitive with other local behavioral specialists and a sliding scale is available.
Please call us for more information.