For Medical and Behavioral Professionals
When it’s time to provide patients and clients in appointments, on the phone or online, you can now feel confident and comfortable recommending and using Behavior Checker for practical advice and encouragement. Workforce research supports this call to action. Behavior Checker has been demonstrated to improve workforce confidence, comfort and competence in delivering healthy parenting in the clinic, according to "A Feasibility Study of Behavior Checker: Enhancing the Capacity of Pediatric Staff to Deliver Evidence-Based Strategies to Manage Children's Common Behavioral Issues for Parents", presented at the Society for Prevention Research in June, 2017.
What is Behavior Checker®?
Behavior Checker is an online tool, accessed from the provider's clinic laptop, tablet or desktop, to instantly provide parents with evidence-based strategies to address over 150 common childhood behaviors. The healthy parenting skills shared here promote a child’s health and wellbeing to mitigate stress so that it does not become toxic. All advice in each problem can teach a positive behavior to a child of every age doing this behavior.
And the first three steps in responding, not reacting, to a situation with a child are always the same, regardless of the age of the child: Self-Talk and Empathy are ways to mentally prepare the parent to stop, breathe, think and practice self-control, the beginning steps to mentally prepare yourself to Teach your child the new behavior you want.
Written by parenting authors and educators Jerry L. Wyckoff, PhD, and Barbara C. Unell, this content allows healthcare providers to deliver guidance on effective discipline strategies in the clinic to help parents teach their children acceptable behaviors and protect them from harm, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in their new Policy Statement, “Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children”. Clinicians also refer their families to Behavior Checker through mobile-friendly, online access.
The Behavior Checker corresponds with the authors’ best-selling book, Discipline with Love and Limits, which has sold over one million copies worldwide. The proven, evidence-based strategies in this book, and in Behavior Checker, have been the foundation of the authors’ decades of experience in private practice, training programs, consultation with school districts, parenting workshops, pediatric clinics and university courses.
Behavior Checker is the only, comprehensive, evidence-based, systematic way to answer parents’ questions to over 150 of their children's most common behavior problems in the office, on the phone or online, the same way you help them manage their medical issues. With one click, you can search, print and share, to get the answers you need on your phone, laptop, desktop or tablet. To learn how, see "Become a Behavior Checker Branded Home Site" below.
The national call to action is loud and clear—The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for pediatricians, hospitals and community agencies to partner together to support children and families—which is at the heart of Behavior Checker. In November, 2018, the Academy issued a new policy statement, that updates 20-year-old guidance on discipline. "Optimal child development requires," according the to the new AAP Policy Statement, "the active engagement of adults who, among other functions, teach children acceptable behavior." The healthy parenting skills shared here promote a child’s health and wellbeing to mitigate stress so that it does not become toxic.
Behavioral, Mental Health and Social Service Professionals
With one click, you can search, print and share, to get the answers you need for clients in the office, on the phone, or online. And here’s why it matters. The science is settled: According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s report of 2019, “The single most important factor influencing a child’s healthy development is having safe, stable, and nurturing relationships with a mother, father, or other primary caregiver.” Hundreds of studies over the past several decades have demonstrated that consistently caring, supportive and protective parenting helps prevent lifelong health, learning and behavior problems, including: obesity; depression; anxiety; suicide; substance abuse; attention and impulse control; sexual, physical, and psychological abuse; heart disease; diabetes; and cancer.
Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child is at the heart of a myriad of research initiatives supporting healthy parenting, each demonstrating that nurturing environments and positive parent-child relationships early in a child’s life have a significant influence on a child’s health and wellbeing to mitigate stress so that it does not become toxic.