Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Supporting positive behavior in children and teens with Down syndrome: The respond but don't react method

In Supporting positive behavior in children and teens with Down syndrome, the author, a pediatric psychologist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Boston Children's Hospital, offers 150 pages of help and support for parents and caregivers of children and teens with Down syndrome. With tips and strategies, some of them intuitive and some not, this book can help families and professionals who work with them.

After a look at the brain and the differences that are present in an individual with Down syndrome, the book discusses how those differences affect behavior and why it is important to see behavior as a form of communication as opposed to a willful act. Terms that are used by behaviorists are explained using scenarios as examples. The author then introduces his behavior management system which includes using visuals, a token economy system, and redirection. A chapter on siblings and their needs is followed by a chapter on using the behavior management system in the school and community. Thoughts on discipline and transition are discussed as well as a chapter on resources.

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