Behavior Management Techniques in Seriously Emotionally Disturbed Children
Cornaire, Jacqueline Marie
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The behavior of seriously emotionally disturbed children can be improved with techniques such as positive reinforcement, modeling behavior, "away time", processing incidents and child-centered counseling. By using these techniques the child is more likely to learn appropriate behaviors and how to deal with their emotional disturbances in a suitable manner acceptable to the community. The consistency in which the techniques are implemented is essential to the efficacy of the treatment plan. This includes consistency in the home, school, respite program, and any other programs that the child may be attending. If the treatment plan is not carried out with consistency, it is unlikely that the child will learn the appropriate behaviors and skills to cope with his or her emotional disturbances.