Parents: Using time outs correctly?

Parents: Using time outs correctly?

Research has shown that time outs are an effective way to manage misbehavior. If you find that you have tried time outs for your child without success, here are some tips that may help:

  • Only give one warning then a short reason for the time out. For example, a short phrase may be ‘no hitting’, and then you take the child to the time out area.
  • Talking or interacting with the child during the time out is discouraged.
  • Access to stimulation such as toys, books, electronics, or other people is discouraged.
  • If the child tries to escape, calmly return the child back to the time out area with minimal interaction.
  • Remember to be consistent every time! Persistence is also required, as for one child it make take one time out and another child it may take many more.
  • Also, remember when your child makes a good choice, such as sharing when you know they’d rather not, try positive reinforcement: such as, ‘great job sharing, that was very kind’.

If you have behavior concerns and would like to make an appointment to speak with a provider, please call our office today at (417)882-1600.

http://www.aappublications.org/news/2017/01/24/TimeOut012417

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