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Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child / Edition 1

Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child / Edition 1

by V. Mark Durand


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ISBN-13: 9781598570526
Publisher: Brookes Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 701,267
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

V. Mark Durand, Ph.D., is known worldwide as an authority in the area of autism spectrum disorders. He is a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where he was the founding Dean of Arts & Sciences and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Dr. Durand is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. He has received more than $4 million in federal funding since the beginning of his career to study the nature, assessment, and treatment of behavior problems in children with autism spectrum disorders. Before moving to Florida, he served in a variety of leadership positions at the University at Albany-State University of New York (SUNY-Albany), including Associate Director for Clinical Training for the doctoral psychology program from 1987 to 1990, Chair of the Psychology Department from 1995 to 1998, and Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences from 2001 to 2002. There he established the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at SUNY-Albany. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees — all in psychology—at Stony Brook University.

Dr. Durand was awarded the University Award for Excellence in Teaching at SUNY-Albany in 1991 and in 2007 received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Dr. Durand is currently Co-editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, is a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Autism Society of America, and is on the Board of Directors of the international Association of Positive Behavioral Support. He serves on a number of editorial boards, has reviewed for dozens of journals, and has more than 100 publications on functional communication, educational programming, and behavior therapy. His books include several best-selling textbooks on abnormal psychology, Severe Behavior Problems: A Functional Communication Training Approach (Guilford Press, 1990), Sleep Better! A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 1998), and When Children Don't Sleep Well: Interventions for Pediatric Sleep Disorders, Therapist Guide (Oxford University Press, 2008). In his leisure time, he enjoys long-distance running and just completed his third marathon.

Table of Contents

About the Author ix

Preface xi

Introduction 1

Goals 2

Tried and True Techniques 3

Organization of This Book 3

Section I Hope

Chapter 1 Optimistic Parenting 8

The Good News 9

Being Happy 11

One Family's Lessons 11

Background 15

Knowing Why Is Important 18

Lessons from the Research 22

Who Is To Blame? 26

Putting It All Together 27

Chapter 2 Confident Parenting 31

Father and Son 33

Optimism and Pessimism 34

A Pessimistic Family 37

Chapter 3 Insight into Your Thoughts and Feelings 43

The Journal 43

What Are the Consequences of Your Thoughts and Feelings? 78

Chapter 4 Changing the Way You Think 85

Are You Ready to Change? 88

Disputation: Challenging Beliefs 91

Distraction: Interrupting Unproductive and Distressing Thoughts 96

Substitution: Replacing Unproductive and Distressing Thoughts 101

Gaining Perspective 120

Chapter 5 How to Become a Happier Parent 123

The Effects of Stress 124

On Happiness 128

The Pursuit of Happiness 132

Final Thoughts 155

Section II Help

Chapter 6 A Close Look at Your Child's Behavior 162

Setting Goals 162

Defining Behaviors 164

Keeping Track of Behaviors 168

Understanding Why 172

Reasons for Challenging Behavior 175

How to Find Out Why 191

Final Thoughts 205

Chapter 7 Emergency Strategies 207

Avoiding Difficult Situations 209

Improving Difficult Situations 210

Providing Choices 212

Creating Predictable Routines 214

Chapter 8 Managing Consequences 217

Attention as a Consequence 218

Tangibles as a Consequence 221

Sensory Feedback as a Consequence 224

Escape as a Consequence 226

Using Behavior Problems to Choose Reinforcers 227

Punishment and Bribes 228

Structured Ways of Reinforcing Your Child 230

Chapter 9 Replacing Behavior Problems 235

Teacher Pessimism 238

Functional Communication Training 239

More Help 250

Section III Special Topics

Chapter 10 Transitions 254

Predictability 260

Making Positive Transitions 261

Summary 264

Chapter 11 Sleep Problems 265

What Is Sleep? 265

Sleep Problems 266

Sleep Assessment 272

Good Sleep Habits 274

Sleep Medications 277

Bedtime Problems 277

Night Waking Problems 281

Epilogue 283

Endnotes 285

References 287

Appendix A Blank Forms 291

Self-Talk Journal

Thoughts and Feelings 292

Consequences 293

Disputation 294

Distraction 295

Substitution 296

ABC Chart 297

Scatter Plot 298

Behavioral Contract 299

Satisfaction with Life Scale 300

Mindful Attention Awareness Scale 301

Thoughts Quiz 302

Albany Sleep Problems Scale (ASPS) 303

Sleep Diary 306

Sleep Intervention Questionnaire (SIQ) 307

Appendix B Additional Resources 309

Index 311

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