ISBN-10:
1578868041
ISBN-13:
2901578868048
Pub. Date:
04/28/2009
Publisher:
R&L Education
Learning From Behavior: How to Understand and Help 'Challenging' Children in School

Learning From Behavior: How to Understand and Help 'Challenging' Children in School

by James E. Levine

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Learning From Behavior: How to Understand and Help 'Challenging' Children in School

Step by step, James E. Levine, a clinical social worker experienced as a consultant to dozens of schools, helps us take the astute advice cited in one children's song we've all heard-"stop, look, and listen"-to first understand problem behavior and to question the causes. Cases included in this book range from noncompliance and poor academic performance to disinhibition, suspected ADHD, PTSD, and injury-caused acting out. We hear about the history of behavior interventions, listen as children tell us how they perceive these interventions, and look over the social worker's shoulder as effective helping strategies are put into action. As Levine explains, "Given the challenges we share communally in helping children, we should do everything possible to learn more about children's behavior, enhance our methods for reaching out to them, and refine our approaches to intervention. All of us-teachers, parents, clinicians, researchers, and administrators, along with the children we serve-must participate in this vital endeavor."

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ISBN-13: 2901578868048
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

James E. Levine is director of James Levine & Associates, a multidisciplinary company in Western Massachusetts that specializes in helping children with developmental, psychological, and behavioral concerns. He is a graduate of Smith College for Social Work and Simmons College. In addition to his psychotherapy practice, he has been a graduate program adjunct faculty member at Smith College and Simmons College.

Table of Contents

Foreword Sophie Freud ix

Acknowledgments xiii

A Note about Gender Use xv

Layout of the Book xvii

Introduction xix

1 Stop, Look, and Listen: Understanding Behavior and the Significance of Relationships 1

2 Common Mental Health Diagnoses: How They Impact Children 23

3 Translating the Notions of Meaning and Relationship: Helping Strategies in Action (Or the Twenty-six Commandments) 39

4 Constructing Behavioral Interventions: Why We Need More Than a Template 63

5 The Nut and Bolts: Developing, Introducing, and Implementing the Behavioral Model 75

6 Case Studies 101

7 Going Forward 113

Bibliography 119

Index 125

What People are Saying About This

Mary F. Hall

In this important book, Dr. Levine shares the practice wisdom he has accumulated over the course of his career about working with behavior problems in school settings. His basic premise is deceptively simple to conceive but far-reaching and complex in its enactment. This book is a jewel and a must read for all health/mental health practitioners, parents and educators in any setting who are charged with understanding school-based problem behaviors in children and evolving appropriate interventions.

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