A Note From the L.A. Teen Therapist
Does your teen tend to come unglued when things don’t go their way? – Sandra
Dr. Ross Greene, a pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, reminds us that highly reactive teens have not yet made the skills of flexibility, adaptability, frustration tolerance and conflict resolution their own.
Explosive behavior occurs in teens when the demands of the environment exceed their capacity to respond adaptively. Many popular explanations for explosive behavior place blame on the kid– or his parents. An alternative approach informs us that if a teen had the skills to exhibit adaptive behavior, he wouldn’t be exhibiting explosive behavior.
VIDEO TUTORIALS FOR WORKING WITH EXPLOSIVE TEENS:
1. Kids Do Well if They Can — The most important premise of Collaborative Problem Solving is the belief that if kids could behave better they would.
2. What’s Your Explanation? — Your explanation for your teen’s explosive behavior has major implications for how you respond and whether you’ll try to help.
3. Three Options for Solving Problems — There are three ways in which adults try to solve problems with reactive kids: Plan A (which is unilateral problem solving), Plan C (dropping the problem completely), and Plan B.
4. Collaborative Conflict Resolution a.k.a. Plan B — Tips on identifying the unresolved problems that are precipitating challenging episodes, and how to implement Plan B.
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