Lifeskill Activities for Special Children 2ndEdition

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post your research item for Answers Ch6 4 Types of misbehaviors and what to do about them.

REQUIRED TEXT Lifeskill Activities for Special Children 2ndEdition


ISBN13: 9780470259375

ISBN10:047025937X Format: Paperback Pub. Date: 9/15/2009

Publisher(s): Jossey-Bass

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Exercise 6.1

 1.-Every child at some time in life exhibits misbehaviors which could fit into more than one of the four categories. Pick two misbehaviors your child exhibits, point out which category it fits into, and explain how you know.

 Misbehavior   Category   How do you know

Arguing   Goal getter and indolence  It helps her to take away effort and

  responsibility, also helps and

   supports to go away with benefits.

Showing off   Goal getter and reaction seeker  Looking for parents’, friends’ and

  Relatives’ attention, recognition   

  and validation. 

 2.- The unit explains three ways of handling goal-getting misbehaviors in children. List the three and tell which of the six methods for controllingmisbehavior mentioned in unit five are examples of those three ways.

 Way of handling goal getting  Which of the Six Methods for Controlling

  Misbehavior  Misbehavior

1.-Reduce the profit for the act   Extinction, punishment, satiation, 

2.-Increase the penalty of the act  incompatible response, stimulus change 

3.-Increase desirable options 

3.- Explain why indolence is such a difficult problem to handle. Parents with children under these characteristics tend to underestimate their children capabilities (skills), thinking they’re slow, lazy, not bright, not efficient and wasteful. Indolent children are generally more effective and bright that they are given credit for. On top of that, they know best the weakness of their parents. Indolence children know very well what tactics have to be used for different situations. They learn to ignore parents’ request. They manipulate the situations saying they will do their tasks later, yet getting away with not doing it at all, having their parents accepting his/her behaviors concluding it is easier to do it themselves and save arguments and complaints from the child. Also, lack of action, consistence, discipline and structure is the kind of environment that allow and encourage this behavior.

 4.-Suppose a child is lying. How could a parent determine whether the lies are due to indolence, reaction-seeking, or goal-getting? Parents need to identify first the “pay-off” behind that behavior.

If the child is lying as a result of avoiding responsibilities or effort, is an indolence misbehavior. If the child is looking for reaction-seeker, he’s using telling tail-tales. Last, goal-getter misbehavior involves receiving something or getting away from punishment for doing something wrong.

 5.-List two or three things this unit mentioned about handling misbehavior that you feel will help you as a parent better deal with your child in the future.

Since this unit is very substantial and very well presented, it is difficult to choose two or three helpful things. So, I will start with all the possible behaviorsthat every family in different times, shapes and forms deal with. Then, we have the four (general) basic types of misbehaviors: GOAL-GETTERS, REACTION-SEEKING, INDOLENCE, and FEARS. A deep description of every type is presented.

Also, a particular feature of every type of behavior is highlighted for an easy judgement. For example: Goal-getters misbehaviors are identified as those whose payoffs achieve particular goals. In order to minimize or extinct them, pay off should stop, reducing the desire and the profit of the act either by satiation or extinction methods.

Another good reflection is the fact the parents usually get confused with the fact of punishment is limited to physical approaches, IS NOT.

Reaction-seeking, is a great insight of how children perceive attention. Parents’ attention is a powerful payoff for good or bad behavior. Also, the multiple and unique sensitivities—likes/dislikes-- of each child must be considered in order to be successful. Making an emphasis to positive behaviors has a deeper impact than reacting to negative behaviors. And last, misbehaviors as any good “behavior”, are complex to deal with and approach to, therefore, a behavior requires different treatments, consistency, time, patience, structure, and love. In other words, love by itself, won’t do the job as many parents think or wish could correct the misbehavior. LOVE is consistency, discipline, and patience.

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