The PACER Center
On Behavior
The holiday season can be a magical time: Our kids get their first real break from school, and the days are filled with fun activities and traditions — and even trips to see far-flung relatives.But for families with children who have disabilities — a mental health or emotional or behavioral disorder, for example — a long holiday trip (not easy in the best of situations) can spell disaster, particularly if there’s an airport involved.Things can get even more complicated when a child has a... more
When your child’s behavior goes too far
Justin was really excited to be enrolled in a summer day camp. And his mom, Sophie, was happy that he was taking part in a quality parks and rec program in their community. Then came the phone call from the program director: Justin’s behavior at camp was unacceptable.It had begun on the playground on the second day of camp with... more
Managing extreme outbursts
Jennifer, a mom of two, was standing at the kitchen counter, slicing an apple for her son, Michael, when she heard a horrendous banging noise coming from the other side of the room. She immediately turned around to see her son smashing the door of the refrigerator with a baseball bat.“Stop! Stop!” she screamed as she wrestled the... more