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The Art of Limit Setting

Students want and need to understand the rules of their world.  They want and need to know what is expected of them, i.e. who is really in control, how far they can go, and what happens when they go too far.

The limits and corresponding consequences put into place must be sufficiently significant and tailored to the individual student.  Limits that are under or over significant (i.e. too lenient, inconsistent or strict) will not produce the desired behavior.  The outcome will manifest as an inhibition of learning, and excessive testing of the limits.

Limits are meant to provide clear and definitive answers to children’s questions about what is acceptable and who is in charge.  They teach responsibility by holding students accountable for their choices and behavior.  The failure to set reasonable and appropriate limits because of fear, guilt, love or simply an aversion to conflict, is not helpful to the student.

The long-term goal of the school should be to help the student develop a sense of personal responsibility, character and the capacity to manage their own emotions and behaviors. To do this effectively, limits must be clear, consistent, reasonable, appropriate and enforceable.

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Mohave County’s Paul Hernandez, a HWC Instructor, named state Detention Officer of the Year

Paul Hernandez, a Mohave County Detention Officer and HWC Instructor named “Officer of the Year” by the Arizona Chief Probation Officers Association.

Paul has worked at Juvenile Detention for six years,” Juvenile Detention Supervisor Craig Lee said. “He has been a JDO II for about four years. Hernandez has been recognized for his work at Mohave County and “now he has won Detention Officer of the Year for the entire state,” Lee said. “He is a great officer and a great person. The kids really respect him. Even when they are being disciplined, they understand and they look up to him for his guidance.”

Hernandez is also the Juvenile Detention Center’s gang liaison officer for Gang Intelligence and Team Enforcement Mission (GITEM) and is a certified Handle With Care instructor.

Hernandez credits his bosses for establishing quality leadership. “I give thanks to my supervisor, Mr. Lee, who nominated me,” he said. “It starts with him. He is the one I learn from. He is my teacher/mentor. I take what I learn from him and pass it on. I want everyone to be able to be a great officer. It all starts from the top. I also thank (Administrator) Ms. Sheila Flipse, (Assistant Chief Probation Officer) Ms. Elaine Grissom and Mr. Darrell Reeves. And my coworkers are great.

Congratulations from HWC to Officer Hernandez for his professionalism, dedication, and devotion to duty. An officer who goes the extra mile to see a job well done and set an example for all to emulate.

 

 

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Seminar Alert: If you registered online for a HWC seminar between March 10 – April 24, 2012. Please re-register.

This notice is for anyone that registered or tried to pay for a seminar online between March 10-April 24, 2012. WordPress had a glitch in the program and the registration never made it to our inbox after you clicked the “submit” button.

If you registered or paid for a seminar between March 10 – April 24, 2012, please re-register. Don’t worry about double registering, we’ll take care of that on our end.

Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience.

If you have any questions, call Joy Ann at 845-255-4031.

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Parent Training May Help Kids With Autism Behave Better

Children with autism often display challenging behaviors, but new research suggests that parents can learn to better handle tantrums and aggression, which may improve their child’s overall functioning.

“Parent training is one of the best, evidence-supported treatment interventions in child psychiatry for other conditions, such as for children with ADHD or children with oppositional defiant disorder,” said senior study author Lawrence Scahill, a professor at Yale University School of Nursing and Child Study Center in New Haven, Conn.

The study involved 124 children aged 4 to 13 with an autism spectrum disorder and serious behavioral issues, including daily, prolonged tantrums, aggression or self-injurious behavior. The children were prescribed risperidone (Risperdal), an antipsychotic drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating severe behavioral problems in children with autism.

Half the children and their parents were also assigned to a six-month, structured “parent training” program. Parents were asked to identify the most difficult, disruptive behaviors and to think about what preceded the incidents and why the child might do it. They then worked with counselors to devise strategies to avoid the triggers and help the child respond better to the everyday stressors.

Parents who underwent training reported a greater decrease in problem behaviors than the parents of children on medication alone, researchers found.

The study is published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Joseph Horrigan, assistant vice president and head of medical research for Autism Speaks, said studies like this provide more evidence that parent training can help kids and their families cope with autism-related behavioral problems.

Handle With Care has been training parents in behavior management techniques for over 30 years.  See our Parent Training page for the different types of training offered including HWC’s  Early Childhood: Pre-School and Early Elementary School Program.

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HWC Early Childhood Manual

Handle With Care has developed an Early Childhood Manual for Pre-school and Early Elementary School Children.  If you are a HWC agency caring for this age-group, we are emailing all of our current school contacts a copy of this Manual for distribution.

If you have any comments or technical questions, contact us at 845-255-4031 or info@handlewithcare.com.

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