Managing a complicated child’s behavior doesn’t have to be traumatic. This seminar explores how biology and the environment interact to shape behavior, as well as how trauma, attachment, and brain development factor into the equation. Parents will learn how to handle undesirable behaviors in ways that help children make long-term changes, and how to recognize and handle their own reactions to their child’s behaviors and attitude. Using Greenspan’s work as a framework, the different types of challenging children will be discussed including the highly sensitive child, the defiant child, the inattentive child, the active/aggressive child, and the self-absorbed child. Through real-life scenarios, tangible strategies will be presented to manage a variety of concerns such as food issues, stealing, aggressive outbursts, and lying.

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