In Chapter 2, Dr. Kimberley O'Brien presents practical techniques to foster problem-solving, positive change, and to build resilience in children presenting with oppositional behaviour.
Our first technique involves mapping out feelings in a structured, fun and visual way. Drawing a before-during-after scenario of an incident allows both you and your child to express feelings at each stage, encouraging open communication. This could be about a past incident or an ongoing issue that needs unpacking.
Encouraging children to use play and art to solve problems allows for an engaging and effective approach than simply talking. This technique can be used more than once to explore and resolve past incidents, or to prepare for an upcoming event.
During the second exercise Dr Kimberley introduces the "Behaviour of the Week" poster as a great way to pinpoint the desired behaviour on a weekly basis. Family discussions and rewards further encourage progress, especially for children with oppositional presentations.This also helps to discourage siblings from copying a child with oppositional traits.
Dr Kimberley’s clinical and creative approaches help children to develop problem-solving skills and express their emotions more effectively, without relying on old habits, such as ‘the instant refusal’ which can be anxiety-related. Join us in Chapter 3, where we explore the journey of finding support and solutions to navigate oppositional behaviour on a long-term basis, as we encourage children to develop greater self awareness and self control.