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My ideas for intervention
  • MomofC
    Posts: 31
    I've seen just a little Info mentioned about an intervention that I think is excellent. It was developed by Ross Greene, author of the Explosive Child. He co-authored Treating the Explosive Child with Stuart Albon. They have a DVD explaining the program for about $60. They are coming out with a new DVD this year. There are several websites related to their method called Collaborative Problem Solving.

    Websites: (GREAT new website)

    I just found the PDA website. The autism consultants in my part of the world have never heard of PDA, so I sent this Info out to them. I don't know if it fits my son. Lately professionals are saying he appears to have some kind of PDD (that isn't always evident to others) and ADHD. His biggest problems have been in school since he was 4 years old. He was easy before that age. He is now 8 years old. This is the absolute best method I have found. I have both books, have been to the seminar, and I bought the DVD. His teachers have viewed it. I wrote up "action plans" for school implementation. I also have an elementary education degree, and I am almost done with a masters in special education. I bought the Ross Greene book when I was working with a student about 8 years ago. Now I am using the program for my son. I have a 13 year old with Aspergers, but he has no aggressive behaviors.

    This is definitely worth your time. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
  • Thanx for that MomofC :)

    Very interesting from the little bit i have seen, have posted it on my website too.

    My son has many complex problems and what i have been told to date is he has language impairment, sensory input difficulties along with possibilties of communication disorder, attachment disorder and a PDD consisting of PDA and Aspergers syndrome.

    He is hard work 24-7 and i knew he wasnt developing right from the age of 2, he is now 7 next month and nothing is concrete but all these probs are in a report from the centre who specialise in Autism and related disorders. I knew my son had more than one thing going on, i have to say he scares me and yet he can be so loving at times but i know he isnt a well child and he requires a lot of help and support.

    All i want is help to enable my son 2 have a quality of life and so i dont have a breakdown, i will be no good to him if i cant cope with him.

    Bambi x
  • MomofC
    Posts: 31
    I hope the program can help you. I know my worry about my son is taking a toll on me, and I understand your comment about worrying about a "breakdown." I feel for you having to deal with this 24-7. Is your son able to communicate with you? I believe they do mention individualizing this program for those who don't communicate well. If you look into the forum on the website "Foundation for Children with Behavioral Challenges," you might find something that fits your son(on site). I did a search on PDA on that site and found nothing, but I don't know how many people are familiar with PDA in the U.S. I taught children with autism for 3 years. I have put my career on hold because of my son's issues. I took a look at your website - well done.
  • Maryann
    Posts: 53
    it looks good, but strikes me as a parenting programme money maker. due to the US not recognising PDA its very easy to make money from the illness as its managed very differently from other illness's. it would probably help alot of american families but in my opinion making it recognised in a medical secter is a must. as most of us have lived and breathed PDA for years we know you cannot make demands and have to sit down with the child and sit and think to yourself how i can do that differently, which is basically what the book/dvd is saying. we have no choice but to do that. we also have to do it regularly as what worked yesterday probably wont work today. i personally refuse to allow people like that to make money out of me, if they wanted to help they would make it free of charge like the PDA group does. its only the scary stuff you have to pay for and then its only a few $. to many companies are to happy to take large amounts of money, off of people on the verge of a breakdown because they dont know what to do. its wrong and criminal. im sorry to say. but if it helps you im pleased.
  • You are correct, many parents of children with PDA may be aware of these methods, but there are still people just beginning to deal with a child with explosive behaviors. I do not believe most adults are equipped with the tools to raise children with these difficulties. Most of us grew up with authoritarian discipline. I recently read an older post to this forum that stated she/he feels like Ross Greene saved his/her life.
    I too have felt very frustrated, as both a teacher and a mother, that everything that is geared toward helping people with significant needs is often very expensive. I have written complaints to some of these companies. I also believe that people who make it their career to help others are the people who should be making money instead of entertainers, athletes, etc. If I found the perfect teacher to teach, guide, and care for my son through all of his difficulties, I believe that person deserves much more than a guy who kicks a ball really well. I do not have the money to pay them. Our society and government needs to be proactive in helping people. It would be nice if my government would come up with the funds that are needed to uphold our U.S. education laws that state every child will receive a free and appropriate education. I think Ross Greene deserves to get rich off of his program. He had parents coming to him for help and he kept giving them the standard discipline procedures to follow. It wasn't working. He didn't give up or blame the parents. He listened to parents and worked hard to find what helps children who have difficulties that cause behavioral problems.
    The CPS Institute's products are more affordable than many intervention programs I have seen. The paperbacks are cheap, and free when checked out from a library. The information that is on the websites I have listed is free and has a free forum similar to the PDA forum. Many diagnoses have similar symptoms, and therefore this program does not concentrate on any one label. I bought this book to help me with a student that is totally different from my son and it helped me with the student, others and eventually my son. After reading the many PDA forum posts about behavior issues, I believe that this program can be of some help to others. Different things work with different children at different times. The CPS approach has also helped me explain to others that his behavior problems are the result of a disability and not the result of bad parenting or a bad child. I can't stress enough how much it has helped me, and it has cost me almost nothing compared to the therapists, social workers, psychiatrists and long lists of other books that did absolutely nothing for me. I believe every parent could benefit from it.
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