Five minutes

Not sure where to start with disruptive behaviors? Start with just FIVE MINUTES

of individualized time. This is time away from other kids in the home and activities. Give this time to each child. During this time words may be expressed, but some kids are not ready for words. One way to initiate conversation is to ask the child: "Tell me something sweet about your day...tell me something sour about your day." Just listen. This time for "stillness" rather than problem solving.

What does Five Minutes look like?

  • Five minutes on your lap 
  • Five minutes sitting beside you or between both parents
  • Five minutes playing along side your child. Let your child direct the play (parallel play)
  • Five minutes of UNO or another card game

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