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8.2 Action Plan

Now that you have watched the video, think of a new behavior you would like to teach your child. Evaluate when you would want them to behave that way. Here is an example: I want my child to sit still (new behavior) during our church meetings (when you want that behavior).

Watch the lesson video together. Using the printed steps to Preventive Teaching as a guide, teach your child what you expect from them. Practice the this new behavior with you, the parent, showing how to do the behavior first, then having your child try it. Have your child practice the new behavior three to four times.

Set a goal to use the skill of Preventive Teaching with your child within a 24 hour period.

Set a watch or timer to remind you during the day.

Start off by choosing topics your child will be able to do and move to more difficult things as they master this skill.

Preventive Teaching is a great tool for helping children deal with feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. Being specific in telling them what they need to do will help them confront difficult establishes the rules for respectful and meaningful communication. Like the video said, all the other skills connect to Effective Communication so be sure to spend enough time on this skill that you are comfortable with it.

Complete the quiz when you are ready to move on to the next lesson.