Virtually all parents have experienced a period when their son or daughter has behaved in an alarming way, which has been very different to normal. – This can be a very stressful time for the whole family, as witnessing challenging behavior that is often completely inappropriate, confusing, and even frightening, can be a terrible ordeal, particularly when no one knows how to respond in the best possible way.
“ Every year, 3.5 million students are suspended from school, US Department of Education”
Some children can behave in violent ways such as banging things, licking, biting or hitting other children, their parents, siblings or themselves, with various objects.To that end, parents and other members of the family need to understand why the child is behaving like this. Moreover, they should be fully confident about knowing how to tackle it in a positive way, so they can help prevent it happening again, and show the child that they are always there for support.
New Book Release
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D., the well know Child Psychologist, has just announced the publication of her much anticipated book: Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges (PESI, March 19, 2019). The contents of this tome, is ideal for parents, and those who look after children. It is based on the author’s 30 year’s experience as a consulting and clinical pediatric psychologist specializing in supporting families and children; as well as current scientific research and findings. “Dr. Delahooke emphasizes why parents, teachers and others helping children with disruptive behaviors should focus on understanding a child’s individual differences rather than focusing on discipline, punishment and compliance”.
Replacing Outdated Notions with Cutting-Edge Solutions
“Our most vulnerable children, including foster children and those with trauma histories are subjected to the most outdated and punitive approaches”
Delahooke’s approach, which combines compassion and brain science, empowers readers with practical ways to deal with children’s constant challenging behavior. She notes: “We are failing to help children with disruptive behaviors because our understanding and approaches are not consistent with current brain science. “Instead of viewing behaviors as something bad to eliminate quickly, I want to empower readers to understand what underlies behavioral challenges and forge meaningful and healing solutions that strengthen relationships”. This is a wonderful response to such challenges, and will not do any psychological harm to the child, that other responses, such as: showing anger and frustration, and calling them names, and making negative remarks like: “you are just like your horrible father,” or “you are big enough and ugly enough;” that they may remember for the rest of their lives, and hold such experiences within them, as sad childhood traumas.
With support and praise from a large number of industry leaders, including, Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D., the world-renowned neuroscientist, Delahooke’s book is set to revolutionize the way that this phenomenon is handled.