New Haven (WTNH) - Dealing with a defiant child can be made easier if you haveinternet access. That is because the Yale Parenting Center andChild Conduct Clinic are offering their online expert help, andservices, to those who need parental guidance or advice.
Christina, from Minnesota, logged on when her six year old songot too much to handle.
"My husband and I were just kinda wondering what other optionswe had to try and get things before things got too out of hand,"she said.
Tracie Bush, a cognitive behavioral therapist, communicates viaa web cam.
"It's a lot of coaching, it's a lot of training. So I think it'seasier to do our treatment this way," Bush said.
Treatment is based on positive reinforcement and underscored byrole playing. It's a program backed up by research - and itsdirector, well-known Child Psychologist Dr. Alan Kazdin, of theYale Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic.
"The most important thing is to have the child practice andengage in the behaviors that you want that child to do, repeatedly,and then to have that behavior praised in a very special way," saidDr. Kazdin.
Dr. Kazdin said the key is practice, practice, practice.
"We actually practice with the child that [if] you're beingchallenged, [if] you're being pushed, now what do you do? You go toyour teacher; you practice [with the child] going to the teacher.What are you going to say? Say this; let's go over this again.Someone pushes you at the drinking fountain, are you going to hitthem? It's just going to get you in trouble, so let's practicesomething else," Dr. Kazdin said.
It's not only the child whose behavior is changed; the parentalso undergoes a metamorphosis.
"It was hard on me I guess when he was doing something negativeto ignore it. So, that was probably the hardest thing for me," saidChristina. "[I've learned to] ignore that negative behavior andpraise him and only see the positive things."
Christina said things have since changed.
"Things are a lot more calmer in the house," she said.
The program is also designed for parents with aggressive kids aswell as those challenged by everyday parenting.
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