This is a sponsored post for teach2talk but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could freeze time right in the middle of a situation to explain to our kids the behavior we expect from them in that moment?
Time out, here’s a good choice for you to make, here’s why. Okay, time in, now go do what you should.
Ha. If only.
It’s not always possible to even pull my child out of a situation and explain (you know, without the benefit of the time-freezing thing) because maybe I’m not there or maybe it’s not a situation I can interrupt. Besides, in the moment, it can be harder to get past the emotion to really get my child to clearly understand why he’s not making the best choice.
I’ve found it works better to explain ahead of time(and to continue reinforcing) the types of behaviors that we expect.
I’ll talk about various situations with my kids, we read books, point out things in shows we watch.
One way I’m being more intentional about these lessons is with the Behaviors with Friends app. This educational app uses uses targeted video modeling to help teach your child how to behave appropriately, solve problems, make good decisions, and properly communicate with their friends and other peers in common social scenarios and settings.
It give me that ability to “freeze time” right in the middle of a situation and have my child think about what would be the right thing to do in a given situation. The videos are helpful for him to really see what’s happening. The app even asks my child questions and guides his response. Plus, it’s fun so my son actually wants to play with it.
Behaviors with Friends focuses on common problems like strategies to resolve conflicts with peers without resorting to tantrums, name calling or physical violence, dealing with anger and frustration in a positive way, sharing and taking turns, being a good sport and friend, appropriate physical boundaries, and more.
This app is great for young children who are first learning these lessons and older kids with special needs. Behaviors with Friends was created by Sarah Clifford Scheflen, M.S., CCC-SLP, a practicing speech-language pathologist who specializes in providing a range of therapies to children, including children with developmental disorders. Sarah works in a clinic at a major public research university in Los Angeles and also has a private practice. While working with children, Sarah uses a variety of techniques, including video modeling, to teach appropriate behaviors, social skills, speech and language, and play skills.
Behaviors with Friends is from teach2talk™, which produces educational resources for children that target core speech and language, play and social skills using techniques including video modeling. Their products are created by a practicing speech language pathologist based on her clinical experience and her review of the peer–reviewed research of others, but are designed to be used by parents on their own without outside assistance.
You can download Behaviors with Friends on itunes now.