Correcting Behaviors Resources

These resources, some created by Smarter Parenting, and others from other organizations, will help you to practice and implement this skill with your child.

The key to successfully implementing this skill and having it followed consistently is to (role-play) the situations multiple times. The benefits of practicing or role-playing a situation are:

  • It builds confidence.
  • Children develop listening and reacting skills.
  • Provides children with creative problem solving skills.
  • Prepares them for situations that may difficult to address in the moment.
  • Establishes set rules and expectations from parents clearly for children to understand.
  • Helps children know what to do in stressful situations.

Supporting articles related to Correcting Behaviors from the web

Child Temperament: Relationship with Child Behavior Problems and Parent-Child InteractionsJournal of Clinical Psychology.

Behavior Profiles of Children with Specific Language Impairments and High Functioning AutismNeurology April 8, 2014 vol. 82 no. 10 Supplement I4-1.006

Activities & Games

The following activities can be helpful in teaching the skill of Effective Communication. You can access some additional crafts and ideas for Effective Communication by clicking HERE.

Lego: correct me ’til it’s right

How to use this activity

Do this activity with children between 4 and 10 years old. Be sure to practice at a neutral time. If your child becomes irritated with the correction they are given, take time to slow down. You may also need to provide small, very specific information.

In the video, Dave explains how to use Legos to go over the skill of Correcting Behaviors with your child using Legos.

Materials needed

  • LEGO bricks

Game of Life

The Game of Life challenges each player to make choices throughout their life in the game.

How to use this activity

The board game is great for exploring consequences to choices. It can also be used as a way for you to make corrections and allow for your child to “re-do” or practice/role-play a specific consequence in order to earn some privileges back.

We have re-purposed cards and stops along the board game that walks a child through their entire day. This includes waking up in the morning, eating breakfast, going to school, peer pressure, chores, earning allowance, etc.

With a few adjustments you can use this game as a way to correct behaviors and practice the appropriate behaviors all within the rules of the game. This should allow you to communicate more openly about choices.

Cards and instructions are available here. This game has also been re-purposed so you can play it with the skill of Preventive Teaching.

Materials needed

  • Life board game
  • printed out instructions
  • cards for the game
  • printed copy of the steps to Correcting Behaviors for easy reference

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Denise talks about using the skill of Correcting Behaviors to get positive results.

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Cody and Mandy share how the skill of Correcting Behaviors helped with their son Gavin’s Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).

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