Tip #1: Help instill responsibility in your child. Create age-appropriate learning and experiential opportunities that help your child demonstrate responsibility. This can be achieved by assigning chores, providing examples of cause and effect, and establishing routines.

Tip #2: Provide boundaries for your child’s behavior. Set consistent limits and follow through with reasonable consequences.

Tip #3: Listen to your child. Create a safe environment within your family where your child can express thoughts and feelings.

Tip #4: Foster independence in your child. Praise your child’s efforts and encourage positive risk-taking and decision-making.

Tip#5: Explore the strengths and personal interests of your child: You are your child’s strongest advocate and supporter. Acknowledge and celebrate their talents that take place outside of the classroom. The importance of how they are valued helps to build their self-confidence and self-esteem.

Tip #6: Seek special services early if your child needs them. If your child is excessively distracted, has frequent angry outbursts, or is unable to concentrate in the classroom, she or he may benefit from evaluations for special services. These evaluations may include psycho-educational, speech and language, and occupational therapy assessments. Early intervention can prevent problems from magnifying over time and assist your child in healthy development.

Provided by the social workers and clinical staff at ECC.