Hope and Help for You and your Challenging ChildBook - 2011
Durand (psychology, U. of South Florida St. Petersburg) writes for parents and other caregivers of children with challenging behavior. He claims that the way parents approach the challenges posed by special needs children can give them a new idea of what is important and lead to a happier and more satisfying life, especially if they change their thinking to a more optimistic view of their child and their own abilities. He suggests ways to understand children's behaviors and reduce problems, as well as research on how to gain the strength and confidence to parent effectively. He bases his ideas on the science of happiness and positive child behavioral techniques, beginning with the concept of optimistic parenting and its techniques, then discussing behavioral analysis and positive behavioral support, how to understand why children misbehave, common motivations for problems, and how to strategize and respond, ending with discussion of problems of transitions and sleep. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Happier lives. Less stress. Family harmony. That's what all parents of children with challenging behavior want. Learn how to get there with this groundbreaking guide to confident, skillful, and positive parenting.
A book you'll want to share with every family you know, Optimistic Parenting helps moms, dads, and other caregivers develop more positive thoughts and perceptions—a key ingredient of successful parenting and effective behavior management. One of the most highly regarded experts on challenging behavior—and a parent himself—Dr. V. Mark Durand delivers both philosophicalhope and practical help to parents of children with a wide range of challenges. With keen insight, gentle humor, and practical tools and strategies, Durand guides parents step by step through the process of
- pinpointing the "why" behind challenging behavior
- tuning in to their own thoughts, emotions, and self-talk
- understanding how their thoughts affect their interactions with their child
- interrupting negative thoughts and replacing them with positive, productive ones
- achieving a healthy balance between taking care of their own needs and their child's needs
- using effective emergency strategies when quick behavior intervention is needed
- implementing long-term strategies for lasting behavior improvements
- weaving functional communication training into everyday routines and interactions
- addressing the most common problem areas, such as sleep and transitions
- increasing mindfulness and parenting "in the moment"
Engaging stories from the author's extensive experience illustrate how parents and other caregivers can develop more effective behavior management techniques. And practical tools and exercises, developed and tested during Durand's decades of work with thousands of parents, help families on their own journey to better parenting and happier lives.
A lifeline for overwhelmed parents—and a great source of insight for the professionals who work with them—this highly motivating guidebook will help families reduce children's challenging behaviors and approach the future with optimism and confidence.