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What we know about challenging kids can help you!

Thanks to research in the neurosciences, we know a lot more about kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges than ever before. We now know that challenging behavior - whether it's screaming, swearing, biting, spitting, hitting, kicking, destroying property, or worse - is set in motion by lagging cognitive skills, especially in the domains of flexibility, frustration tolerance, and problem solving. We now know that challenging behavior isn't the result of passive, permissive, inconsistent, noncontingent parenting, but is instead best understood as a form of developmental delay.

And we now know that traditional discipline - with its heavy emphasis on consequences - doesn't teach challenging kids the skills they lack and can actually set the stage for a challenging kid's worst moments.

Best of all, we now know how to teach those skills and work collaboratively with challenging kids to help them solve the problems that are precipitating their challenging episodes.

Welcome to the work of Dr. Ross Greene, Harvard psychologist, author of the highly acclaimed books The Explosive Child and Lost at School, and originator of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach, an evidence-based, proven approach to understanding and helping challenging kids. (Because of legal action taken by Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Greene is prohibited from referring to his model as Collaborative Problem Solving, even though most of his chapters, articles, books, and research refer to his work by that name. He now calls his model Collaborative & Proactive Solutions [CPS]).

If you're looking for answers to some very important questions?

  • "Why is this kid acting this way??

  • "How come what works for other kids isn't working for this one??

  • "What can I do instead??


...you've come to the right place!

Dr. Greene's approach has changed the lives of countless thousands of challenging kids and their caretakers. You have some hard work ahead of you. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. This website includes general information about the CPS model, a list of articles, chapters, and research papers on the model, and links for Dr. Greene's books. For lots additional resources on the CPS approach - including streaming video, commentary, and updates -- visit the website for Dr. Greene's new non-profit organization, Lives in the Balance.

Dr. Ross Greene

 
 



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