Last night I attended a marvelous educational session hosted by Barrington 220 and Barrington Youth and Family Services featuring Jim Kling, a behavioral consultant that helps families struggling with household chaos that can be exacerbated by our children's special needs. When our children struggle with health conditions, they can often have trouble "keeping it together," especially at home. This is especially difficult when our kids are doing a beautiful job of "keeping it together" at school, at church, and at other public places, saving their frustrations until they get home, where they "take it out" on everyone and everything.
Jim and his team work with parents to develop a home environment where kids have a safe way to release their frustrations at home. He teaches us parents how to make adjustments to how we parent, with a focus non-confrontational methods. We learn how we deal with our children's behavior, allowing us to maintain consistency in the face of our children's sometimes volatile behavior.
I thank Barrington 220 and BYFS for introducing this talented man to our community. His team is available to help parents nationwide, and if you think he might be helpful to your situation, I encourage you to give him a call. His webpage is www.alternativeteaching.org and by phone at 847-289-8699.
Mari Franklin is a counselor at law who specializes in helping students secure accommodations at school.