Transforming Challenging Behaviors into Opportunities to Learn

The 5P Process is a framework for helping a child who is exhibiting challenging behaviors, distress and/or tremendous emotional outbursts. It is structured to offer a consistent step-wise process to help you to support children of all ages who are struggling with behaviors that result in suffering, harm, decreased engagement and quality of life, or disruption to self, others, and/or the environment.

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The 5P Process is a framework for helping a child who is exhibiting challenging behaviors, distress and/or tremendous emotional outbursts. When children engage in acts of aggression, destruction, disruption, or dangerous behaviors such as running away or harming themselves, it can be overwhelming, as our job as adults is to protect the children in our care, and to keep them safe and engaged. It can be easy to react strongly when a child has reacted in an explosive or concerning way, and it may be difficult to know exactly what to do in the moment. We view challenging behaviors not simply as problems to be managed and extinguished, but as red flags that indicate a need for social emotional skill development and patient supportive nurturing. The 5P framework was created for just these moments; it is structured to offer a consistent step-wise process to help you to support children of all ages who are struggling with behaviors that result in suffering, harm, or disruption to self, others, and/or the environment. It can not only help guide you and the child through the tough times as they are happening, but also assist you in developing a plan to support the child to learn and build new skills to help them to address the underlying behavioral causes and prevent or mitigate recurrence in the future. The full course includes three 75 minute sessions. The cost for each session is $25.00, and if you register for all three sessions you will receive a free downloadable accessories. Session 1 (May 15); Session 2 (May 22); Session 3 (May 29).

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Dr. Monica Jackman is an occupational therapist and mother of four. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Health Science degree from the University of Florida and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Chatham University. Monica has authored research papers and book chapters on topics including mindful engagement, the mindful engagement support model, occupational therapy in mental health, and teaching mindfulness to children, has developed and implemented mindfulness-based training programs for caregivers, preschoolers, and school-aged children, and has published research papers on the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions. She is the author and creator of the OpenMind Preschool Program and co-author of the OpenMind Elementary Program. She has lectured nationally and internationally on mindfulness interventions for children and adults.