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In sessions, emphasize a team approach and how great it is that they are both attending sessions. Interrupt all arguing and blaming in session and prompt for only saying positive things about the other. Praise parents for remaining calm and saying positive things about each other in the session. Set up similar point charts in each home to reinforce positive behaviors in children. If it isn't possible for both parents to get through a session calmly, ask that they decide which one of them will participate. PMT will still be effective if you only train one parent and sessions will be more productive without the arguments.
Tackling a problem behavior at school can be overwhelming for us as clinicians. It is a long school day with many challenges and factors. The best way to work on school behaviors is to use a skill called shaping. Shaping is the process of changing a difficult or complex behavior by breaking it up into steps. Reinforcing each step until it is consistent before adding more is the key. For example, if you are working with a child who has difficulty staying seated at school, you could use shaping to change this behavior. Maybe the child gets reinforced with praise and a small reward for sitting calmly for just one short period of time (snack time, or 10 minutes of writing time). Then once that is [...]
When families have disagreements or children challenge the rules, compromise can be an effective tool. Compromising involves discussing a problem between family members calmly. We suggest that you choose an easy problem to discuss at first while the family is still learning this skill. A more heated disagreement can be compromised later. The therapist should review the rules with the family as well as offer praise for following the rules in session. Here are the rules families should follow when participating in a compromise session: Be calm: This is critical! However, you are human too, and this is not always possible. If you need to you can leave the room or make a phone call—do something that allows you time to get at least a [...]
“The Kazdin Method® is a great opportunity for nurses, pediatricians, psychologists, social workers, teachers, or anyone who has the capacity to connect with the parent of a child who has behavioral issues. Proven techniques are perfect for professionals who may be struggling with their own client’s success but has not been trained in Kazdin’s PMT.”
— Dr. Alan E. Kazdin