At our initial, introductory meeting, Audrey asked questions and listened. She was methodical and goal oriented and was able to assess our situation, communicate back to us what she heard our son was experiencing, and then establish very clear objectives for moving forward. A plan of action and timelines were also detailed. We knew immediately the fit was a good one and that we would be entering into a terrific partnership!
Mother of 9 year old son
Since behavior is learned, parents have the dominant hand in ensuring that their children adopt healthy and appropriate ways of behaving. Consequently, skill building focuses on demonstrating pro-social behaviors, eliminating and managing maladaptive ones along with regulating children’s behavioral deficits and excesses.
To a large extent, children play a role in how they are perceived and cared for. Like a magnet, their behaviour can either attract or distance. Learning and practising the key behaviours that encourage social acceptance – such as respecting personal space, waiting and accepting limits – are the focus of this section.
Deciding who to “be” and what behaviour to “wear” is a major developmental task of adolescence. Teenagers will be introduced to the “behaviour-response” connection. Skills include understanding behavioural information, presenting an intentional self and aligning behaviour with predetermined goals.
Behaviour increases in importance as others become less forgiving of improper conduct and potential loses increase in significance. Training in body language, eye contact, word choice, moving in and out of personal and professional conversations and contexts dominate this area of concentration.
- Parents of Multiples
Multiples’ behavioral development differs from that of the single born child – particularly as a significant role model is a same age peer. To maximize healthy behavior patterns, parents are trained in modelling, proactive discipline, and boundary building.