Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach (Guest: Howard Glasser)

All young people (adults, too, for that matter) want to be noticed and affirmed. If they can’t get it one way, they’ll take it another. This is one of the most basic tenents in addressing problem behavior in children and teens. It’s also one of the most ignored.

Our guest on this program, Howard Glasser, suggests that inappropriate behaviors in a young person can keep on happening when a teacher or caretaker puts high energy into their response to the behavior. Acting out children and teens can draw strength from that energy and intensity; it happens all the time. Result: Problems continue because they are actually being reinforced.

In this insightful and informative program, Howard offers insights and concrete, doable interventions for setting energies, payoffs, behaviors and relationships back on the track by employing what he calls the Nurtured Heart Approach. This approach not only makes sense, it makes for progress where little has been seen with other interventions.

Howard continues to share and teach the Nurtured Heart Approach through his live presentations worldwide. His consulting clients include numerous psychiatric, judicial and educational facilities and programs, and he’s the founder of the the Children’s Success Foundation, based in Tucson, Arizona. Howard has written much on the topic of resolving difficult behavior in young people, including the landmark book he coauthored with Jennifer Easley, Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach. (28:53)

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