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Children's LiteratureFinally, a book to help kids with challenging behaviors take ownership of their own behaviors. Described as "a book for kids with BD, ED, EBD or SED," this fresh look at a system for helping kids "make good choices and stay out of trouble" is written by a special education professor who has helped teachers and students manage behavior for years. The book targets the owner of the undesirable behavior by helping him or her identify their problem behaviors and their effect on their well-being as well as those around them. The variety of strategies used in the book provides choices for readers in helping themselves through this difficult period of their lives. Strategies used include real life stories of others with behavior problems, keeping a notebook or journal of feelings as well as behaviors, "idea" boxes with suggestions for changes, challenge activities, forms to keep track of goals and accomplishments and so on. Many of these techniques are used by teachers and counselors, but the strategy of placing one's success squarely on one's own shoulders bypasses the tendency of those with problems to ignore or over react to guidance from adults. The layout is reader friendly, and the text is encouraging while helping the reader to see how their behaviors undermine their goals in life. Parents of children with behavior challenges would benefit from reading this book, as well. It helps when everyone is on the same page, so to speak. A glossary, index and resources are included. 2003, Free Spirit Publishing, Ages 10 to adult.
— Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.