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Steve Vitto Positive Approaches For All Children

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Published on August 20, 2007

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A review of traditional views of discipline and why they are often problematic, and inneffective; and then a presentation of research based approaches for treating challenging behaviors
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POSITIVE DISCIPLINE and CHILDREN Steve Vitto &

What is Discipline? providing training that develops self-control, character, or orderliness and efficiency to instruct or educate; to prepare by instruction; to train to love, guide, nurture, & support providing strategies that build community and relationships focusing on self-control and sustained learning viewing behavioral occurrences as opportunities to teach and support

providing training that develops self-control, character, or orderliness and efficiency

to instruct or educate; to prepare by instruction; to train

to love, guide, nurture, & support

providing strategies that build community and relationships

focusing on self-control and sustained learning

viewing behavioral occurrences as opportunities to teach and support

"...subjection to rule; submissiveness to control; to keep in subjection." It seems there are two schools of thought on what discipline is. One involves helping a person function more effectively in the world, and the other involves keeping a person doing what someone else wants him to do--as in slavery.” B.E. Penel PhD “… rarely have I heard the word discipline used to mean helping a child function more effectively in the world. The usual meaning involves finding ways to make the child do what the parents want him to do…” B.E. Penel PhD HISTORICALLY DISCIPLINE HAS HAD TWO DISTINCT MEANINGS:

Positive Behavioral Support Is a proactive, positive approach toward child behavior Focuses on developing replacement skills Focuses on sustained learning of social/behavior skills over time Develops self control as opposed to externally controlling children

Is a proactive, positive approach toward child behavior

Focuses on developing replacement skills

Focuses on sustained learning of social/behavior skills over time

Develops self control as opposed to externally controlling children

For Some Discipline Has Taken on Military Connotations “ He needs to do what he is told without questioning…” “ He needs to know who is in charge.” “ He needs to learn that when he messes up there are painful consequences.”

“ He needs to do what he is told without

questioning…”

“ He needs to know who is in charge.”

“ He needs to learn that when he messes

up there are painful consequences.”

"My vision is that all children are raised lovingly and non-violently and with discipline that motivates them through love, not through fear.” - Deborah Critzer, Positive Parenting  

What is Not Positive Discipline? Approaches intended to hurt or cause discomfort Leaving a child in the dark about natural or logical consequences Consequences that humiliate, degrade, or bully Strategies leading to external control or “boss management” that do not involve guiding or teaching Strategies based on revenge, retaliation, or “winning” a power struggle. Cookbook approaches that fail to view children as having unique learning styles and fail to focus on investing in community and relationships View behavioral occurrences as an opportunity to punish or establish external control

Approaches intended to hurt or cause discomfort

Leaving a child in the dark about natural or

logical consequences

Consequences that humiliate, degrade, or bully

Strategies leading to external control or “boss management” that do not involve guiding or teaching

Strategies based on revenge, retaliation, or “winning” a power struggle.

Cookbook approaches that fail to view children as

having unique learning styles and fail to focus on investing in community and relationships

View behavioral occurrences as an opportunity to punish or establish external control

What is Missing in “Cook Book” Approaches An emphasis on the uniqueness of each child A focus on individual assessment and need A focus on each child’s learning style and history An admission that there are no quick fixes, no miracle cures, and no replacement for spending the time and effort that is required in developing a loving meaningful relationship with a child An admission that the “true expert” is a person that realizes there is no one solution, no one path for all children A realization that all behaviors meet needs and that each child’s needs is a unique balance of nature vs. nurture

An emphasis on the uniqueness of each child

A focus on individual assessment and need

A focus on each child’s learning style and history

An admission that there are no quick fixes, no miracle cures, and no replacement for spending the time and effort that is required in developing a loving meaningful relationship with a child

An admission that the “true expert” is a person that realizes there is no one solution, no one path for all children

A realization that all behaviors meet needs and that each child’s needs is a unique balance of nature vs. nurture

What is the appeal of cook book approaches? Quick and easy Make us feel good Are convenient Eliminate the confusion of using multiple approaches Wrapped in a slick package Are generally sold by a dynamic speaker Are a great deal for the money

Quick and easy

Make us feel good

Are convenient

Eliminate the confusion of using multiple approaches

Wrapped in a slick package

Are generally sold by a dynamic speaker

Are a great deal for the money

View of the Child POSITIVE NEGATIVE - Inquisitive & Curious - Selfish and Manipulative - Innocent and Naïve - Deceitful & Cunning - A heart worth reaching -A “little demon” or “monster” - Capable of self control -Need to be controlled - Need for Autonomy -Need to be managed -Can learn to process -Words and processing are a and problem solve a waste of time - Responds to love and - Responds to punishment and relationship logical consequences -Proactive - Reactive “ The child learns best when “ He deserves,he is winning, he is he is lead and supported getting way with …”

POSITIVE NEGATIVE

- Inquisitive & Curious - Selfish and Manipulative

- Innocent and Naïve - Deceitful & Cunning

- A heart worth reaching -A “little demon” or “monster”

- Capable of self control -Need to be controlled

- Need for Autonomy -Need to be managed

-Can learn to process -Words and processing are a

and problem solve a waste of time

- Responds to love and - Responds to punishment and

relationship logical consequences

-Proactive - Reactive

“ The child learns best when “ He deserves,he is winning, he is

he is lead and supported getting way with …”

Positive Behavioral Supports for Parents Recognize that behaviors meet needs Teach children healthy ways to meet needs Demonstrate, model, and practice Reinforce effort and celebrate accomplishments Provide preventative environments Provide consequences that teach and restore

Recognize that behaviors meet needs

Teach children healthy ways to meet needs

Demonstrate, model, and practice

Reinforce effort and celebrate accomplishments

Provide preventative environments

Provide consequences that teach and restore

Acknowledge Needs of Behavior Attention Escape/Avoidance Tangible Power & Control Anger/Frustration Sensory Love and Acceptance

Attention

Escape/Avoidance

Tangible

Power & Control

Anger/Frustration

Sensory

Love and Acceptance

Recommended Programs and Resources for Positive Parenting Positive Discipline Discipline with Dignity positiveparenting.com Effective Black Parenting Program www.teachmorelovemore.org Positive Behavioral Supports The Boys Town Curriculum Video Training Series

Positive Discipline

Discipline with Dignity

positiveparenting.com

Effective Black Parenting Program

www.teachmorelovemore.org

Positive Behavioral Supports

The Boys Town Curriculum

Video Training Series

Albert Schweitzer once said: "There are three ways we teach our children. The first is by example; the second is by example; and the third is by example."

 

THE END For More Information on Positive Approaches for challenging behavior Write Steve Vitto at [email_address] Or send for Steve’s Book, In Search of a Heart, Creating Caring, Conscience, and Character in All Kid (A text in using positive a relationship driven approaches for all children), Copyright, 2007 This 450 page text contains researched based methods for implementing positive classroom management strategies and treating children with severe behavior challenges (Cost: $30.00) A 2007 PBS PROJECT

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