What I’ve Learned During a Parent Training Session

I am very fortunate to work with very dedicated parents. This week, as I trained a parent, I had one of those “Oprah’s a-ha moments”: parents are not therapists. That is obvious, right? Yes, only we sometimes forget it when we are working with the parent. As I explained the ABC’s of behavior, the functions … Continue reading What I’ve Learned During a Parent Training Session

Reducing The Use of Restrictive Interventions

Restrictive interventions are those which restrict an individual’s freedom to move or behave. They include, but are not limited to, mechanical restraints, manual holds, seclusion, psychotropic medication or intensive staffing to control the occurrence of certain behaviors. (See this link for an example of a policy on the use of restrictive interventions)  The ultimate result … Continue reading Reducing The Use of Restrictive Interventions

Behavior Management – The Worst Mistake

  Behavior Management, hardly ever refers to the prevention of problem behavior. Most of the time, it is related to crisis de-escalation, “managing” the behavior, so it does not get worse.  Ideally, we should be working towards building the skills which the individuals with whom we work often lack, and in turn lead to crisis situations. … Continue reading Behavior Management – The Worst Mistake