Common conditions and circumstances that created issues for challenging kids

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Common conditions and circumstances that created issues for challenging kids

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One of the most important things we can recognize about a behaviorally challenging kid is that he's not always challenging. He's only sometimes challenging. I mean we often talk about behaviorally challenging kid like they're always behaviorally challenging, but no behaviorally challenging kid is always challenging. Every challenging kid is only sometimes challenging. Very important for us to figure out when those sometimes are. I call those sometimes unsolved problems. Now other people have other names for those sometimes that are roughly synonymous. Some people call them antecedents. Some people call them triggers. I call them unsolved problems because it makes it crystal clear what our role now is in the life of this behaviorally challenged kid. First we have to figure out what skills he's lacking. Then we have to figure out the specific conditions in which those lagging skills are getting in the kid's way. Those are the unsolved problems. And then, what do you do with an unsolved problems? You solve it. Preferably collaboratively and proactively. But if there's any good news about behaviorally challenging kids, it's that they're not always behaviorally challenging. They're only sometimes challenging. And it's when they are challenging that gives us a great deal of information about what's getting in their way and what problems need to be solved so we can help them not be so challenging anymore.

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Ross W. Greene, PhD

Psychologist, Author & Researcher

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the author of the well-known books The Explosive Child and Lost at School, and the originator of a model of care (now known as Collaborative & Proactive Solutions) emphasizing collaboration between kids and adults in resolving the problems contributing to children’s behavioral challenges.  He is also associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, on the professional staff at the Cambridge Hospital, adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech, and senior lecturer in the graduate program in school psychology in the Department of Education at Tufts University.  Dr. Greene founded the non-profit Lives in the Balance to provide free, web-based resources on his model and to advocate on behalf of behaviorally challenging kids and their parents, teachers, and other caregivers.  He lectures widely throughout the world and lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife and two kids.

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