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positive guidance for hard to handle kids

Positive Guidance for Hard-to-Handle Kids

Parenting Education for Foster Parents


Foster parents face numerous and complex challenges. Discipline may be one of the most difficult tasks in striving to positively guide a foster child. Foster children come from varied and uncertain pasts and they bring with them a unique set of challenges. This lesson will discuss some of the behaviors of hard-to-handle kids and explore some of the prevention and intervention strategies parents can use to guide their foster child's behavior.

objectives of this session
Objectives of this Session

Participants will . . .

  • Identify hard-to-handle behaviors and temperament traits.
  • Learn positive discipline techniques for hard-to-handle behaviors.
  • Gain confidence in their role as a foster parent.
introduction opening discussion
Introduction & Opening Discussion

For abused and neglected children, the nature of their experiences adversely influences the development of their brains.


What’s Normal? What’s Hard-to-Handle?





Normal Kids

Adapted from:  "How To Handle A Hard-To-Handle Kid"  by C. Drew Edwards

what s your child s temperament
Low Activity

Your child is laid back and calm

High Activity

Your child is action-oriented and on the go, even while sleeping

What's Your Child's Temperament?

  1   5

High Stimulation Threshold

Your child can withstand large amounts of pain, adverse weather, and difficult situations.

Low Stimulation Threshold

Your child notices even small amounts  of pain, sound, or light, and doesn't like crowds.

  1   5

what s your child s temperament7
Low Intensity

Your child's emotions are usually quite even.  Your child usually displays feelings in a low-key manner

High Intensity

Your child's emotions are strongly expressed and tend to be exaggerated.

What's Your Child's Temperament?

  1   5

Negative Outlook

Your child tends to complain,  become upset, and see the negative side of life

Positive Outlook

Your child tends to be upbeat, 

happy, content, and positive.

  1   5

what s your child s temperament8

Your child tends to prefer a  consistent daily schedule.


Your child tends to prefer a more varied schedule.

What's Your Child's Temperament?

  1   5


Your child's attention can easily be diverted to another activity 


Your child has a long attention span that is not easy to break.

  1   5

what s your child s temperament9

Your child is outgoing, sociable, and eager to try new things.

Slow to Embrace Change

Your child is cautious about new situations and changes in routines .

What's Your Child's Temperament?

  1   5


Your child thrives on social contact. He or she is outgoing and enjoys group  activities more than playing alone.


Your child is less outgoing and enjoys playing alone.

  1   5

strategies for hard to handle behaviors
Strategies For Hard-To-Handle Behaviors
  • Stating Expectations
  • Time Out
  • Positive Social Feedback and Positive Concrete Feedback
  • Planned Ignoring
  • Positive Practice
  • Worse-Choice Approach
  • Natural and Logical Consequences
guidelines for removing objects or privileges
Guidelines for Removing Objects or Privileges
  • Revoke a privilege
  • Don't take away an earned privilege
  • Remove a different privilege for a different infraction.
feedback guidelines for different ages
Feedback Guidelines for Different Ages

Feedback Strategy

Most Effective Age

point system
Point System
  • Select the behaviors you want to address.
  • Assign values to the behaviors.
  • Determine what rewards your child can earn.
  • Start using the system!