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Browse our many parenting tips and tricks for managing your child’s behaviour.

Improving Structure to Improve Behaviour

Improve your child’s behaviour by improving structure in your home.  Structure and consistency are the foundation of positive parenting.  Structure provides your child with clear expectations and parameters in which to function.  When a child clearly knows what is expected of them, they are more likely to experience success.  Some children require more structure than others. …
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ADHD Treatment – therapy or medication?

I am often asked about ADHD treatment approaches.  I am also often asked for a perspective on medication in the treatment of ADHD. While I am not a physician and do not have the experience or credentials to provide advise about medication, I am a therapist experienced in the treatment of ADHD through therapy.  I also…
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3 Tips to Minimize Behaviour Meltdowns!

Parenting a child who displays intense, dysregulated emotions can be challenging and exhausting.  The smallest inconsistency, conflict, or problem can result in a meltdown at world war III proportions –  true behaviour meltdowns!  Addressing these difficulties in children requires a multi-faceted approach, but these three tips will get you started!  Be preventative:  Take a moment…
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Family Meetings

Family Meetings The below family meeting agenda is a helpful outline for structuring a family meeting.  It is particularly helpful when getting started with the concept of having regular family meetings. Family meetings can be helpful for planning and maintaining family rules, increasing family communication and increasing family harmony. We encourage families to institute a…
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Social Skills Training

Social Skills Training By Emily Peck, SSW Intern Social skills are everyday strategies and techniques that we use to communicate effectively. Social skills are used to help create relationships with others and are needed in order to keep those relationships. Social skills training involves teaching and practicing these strategies, such as basic communication, interpersonal and…
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Behaviour Extinction a Parenting Strategy

Extinction (getting rid of the behaviours you don’t want, and increasing behaviours you do want) can be a great parenting strategy to use to change your child’s behaviour.     Part 1: Positive Reinforcement Reward      the behaviours you want to see** Praise       and acknowledge all positive behaviour.        Be specific. Tell exactly why…
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Using Consequences

Using Consequences Consequences are the results of behaviour.  Consequences can be positive (rewarding, usually the result of positive behaviour) or negative (disappointing, usually the result of negative behaviour. There are two types of consequences: Natural Consequences: Natural consequences can be imposed or happen naturally without intervention.  Safety must always be the first concern of any…
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Managing behaviour in public

Ideas for Managing Behaviour While Playing in the Community Time      out – immediate consequence for behaviour such as non-compliance to rules,      escalating crisis behaviour, and escalating hyperactivity.  Does not need to be framed as a “TIME      OUT”.  Can be framed as “come sit      with me on the bench”. 3      strike…
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