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ERIC Number: EJ818292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Kids Do Well If They Can
Greene, Ross
Phi Delta Kappan, v90 n3 p160-167 Nov 2008
Viewing challenging behavior as the result of lagging skills (kids do well if they can) rather than as poor motivation (kids do well if they want to) has significant ramifications for how adults interact with kids with behavioral challenges and try to help them. A wide range of lagging skills can set the stage for challenging behavior. Challenging behavior usually occurs in response to predictable triggers, circumstances, or unsolved problems. Adults have a strong tendency to automatically apply consequences to challenging behavior. Whether of the natural or artificial variety, consequences do not teach lagging cognitive skills or help kids solve problems.
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Language: English
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