Resources to Support Challenging Child Behavior

Mini-Schedule: Getting Ready in the Morning
Situation: 

My child is 14 years old and really struggles to get out of bed and get himself ready. We have tried making checklists and use alarm clocks. He has to be constantly reminded and prompted to brush his teeth, eat breakfast, etc. The routine remains the same everyday but he never catches on. How can we help him become more independent and do these things in the mornings without being told?

Strategies to Increase Self-Confidence
Situation: 

As a parent I would like to know some ideas or tips to help boost my children’s self esteem. It seems that they both struggle with not having much self confidence in what they are doing, mostly in school. They are very bright but doubt themselves in most things they do. Does anyone have any helpful ideas or tips that I can try? Thanks!

Decreasing Preschool Aggression
Situation: 

I am a child care aide for an after school program and work with children ages 4 to 6.  I currently have a 4 year old in my group who is showing extreme signs of violence.  She is fine one minute, but when is set off, sometimes simply by not being allowed to be line leader, starts in a violent fit of rage.  She hits, kicks, bites, smacks, pulls hair and clothes and screams.  Usually all of this is directed towards myself or another teacher, but also towards other children.  She has left bruises and marks on people during this.  Her mother says she feels we are provoking her and it is our fault.

Addressing Shoe Challenges on the Bus
Situation: 

My 5 year old takes off her socks and shoes every 10 minutes when on her bus.  There is an aide on the bus, but the shoes aren’t always put back on. What can I do about it?

Strategies for Family Gatherings and Community Settings
Situation: 

My children have difficulty behaving in restaurants and during family events.  What can I do to help them?

Decreasing Self-Injurious Behaviors
Situation: 

I am a graduate student doing a case study on a 6 year old boy with autism. His mother reported that he often causes harm to his own body frequently. She said that it is something that is very disturbing to her and it scares the other students at school. What are some strategies to reduce self-injurious behaviors?

 

Consequence Flow Chart
Situation: 

I have a student in my class who becomes upset over the smallest problem at recess. He’ll cry or throw things when something doesn’t go his way on the playground. The other kids have obviously noticed this and are starting to stay away from him. How do I help him understand that what he says and does directly affects his relationship with others?

Grocery List Prep Tool
Situation: 

My son screams in the grocery store and everyone stares. I barely make it through the store, what can I do?

First/Then Card: Home
Situation: 

My child tantrums or hits whenever he can’t get what he wants right away. For example, it takes me about 5 minutes to get all of his medications ready and while I’m doing this he’ll want me to sit on the couch and read with him. When I tell him to wait he tantrums or hits me.

Visual Chunking: Math
Situation: 

How do I stop my student who knows his math very well, from screaming and head banging when he receives a math paper?