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Families, Inc. offers parents additional help

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Region 8 parents trying to figure out what to do with their children got some extra help at Families, Inc. in Jonesboro on Friday.

Child Psychologist with Families, Inc., Dr. Mike Davis, says discussed the fundamental principals of behavior management for children.

Dr. Davis says there are a number of suggestions out there parents shouldn't be paying attention to.

"In my experience," Davis said.  "There are a lot of techniques out there. Techniques that are being sold over the internet and talked about amongst the social media, but what I've found is that there tends to be a core set of behavior principals that really apply to all children. Regardless of diagnosis, regardless of underlying backgrounds and that's really what we're trying to focus on, today.  To give parents a clear understanding of some of the behavior principals that underlies behavior management."

Davis says the first things parents need to know is how to deal with a situation. "Knowing how to deal with crisis management," Davis said.  "That's really one of the first steps that we talk about so we're sure parents aren't going to be tiptoeing around small misbehavior in a way to avoid large blowups.  Things like that."

Davis says there's no one thing any parent can do that will work on every child. "I think one of the biggest myths," Davis said.  "Is that there is a fix all for all children and all behaviors because there's really not. It must be individualized.  It all needs to be tailored to each individual child.  And that's really what we're trying to talk about today, is how to talk about fundamentals that can be true for all kids, but also how to tailor that to individual children on issues."

Davis says no matter what challenges a parent may be facing, there's always a solution. "Behavior is absolutely changeable," Davis said.  "If parents aren't happy with the way your children behave in public or in school, even in the privacy of your home, those are certainly things that can be modified and adjusted and changed over time."

Davis says they intend to hold another program in the future.

For more information about Families, Inc., log onto this website.

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