Learn How to Replace Problem Behaviors

Does your child demonstrate disruptive behaviors or find following directions or asking for help challenging? Problem behaviors might be aggression, destructive behavior, self-injury, or tantrums. We can help your child reduce or eliminate problem behaviors by teaching replacement behaviors. Our Mentors work with kids up to the age of 18 and focus on teaching children and parents how to use replace problem behaviors. We work to apply a behavior you want your child(ren) to use in place of one you want to eliminate.

An example of an inappropriate behavior would be a child who yells. Our Mentors would identify the root of this action as the child seeking attention. Mentors intervene by introducing a positive replacement behavior such as talking instead of yelling. They will work to find an appropriate way for that child to get positive attention and reinforce behavior that is acceptable. We can work with the parent/guardians to learn how to teach and use reinforce positive behaviors in the home.

By calling 520-639-9006 we can get started on replacing these unwanted behaviors. You can enroll your child at a CCSN location near you to work on the next steps of this process. Below is a chart to show you some examples of what problem behaviors our Mentors can help identify, what the goal we want the child to reach is, and how to replace the unwanted behavior(s) with behaviors we want to see. Together, we can work towards creating positive behaviors to help your child(ren) become more confident and learn social skills benefiting them all their lives.




Replacement Behavior

Constantly touching and bothering peers/others

Keep hands to self

·         Keep knees under desk

·         Keep hands on desk/table

·         Keep hands on lap

·         Keep hands in pockets

Throwing objects/Destructive actions

Use self-control

·         Take a deep breath

·         Teach calming strategies such as taking a break

·         Positively reinforce when student is being safe

·         Give child a specific space or corner to calm down

Wandering away from group

Follow directions and remain with group

·         Be in charge of keeping track of the group.

·         Provide breaks throughout the day/activities

·         Ask for help with a challenging task