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Four Steps Model
Step 1: Identify the Behavior
Step 2: Understand the Effects
Step 3: Identify the Cause
Step 4: Avoid Mistakes

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The Con Artist
The Show-Off
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The Class Clown

Effects: How does my child’s behavior affect other people at home and in school?

  • Attention of parent and siblings (and in school, the attention of the teacher and classmates) is constantly diverted to the class clown.

  • Parent is upset by his or her inability to channel this child's energy constructively.

  • Parent fears other children may begin imitating the class clown.

  • Parent often becomes upset because this child is not achieving up to his or her potential.

  • Other children are prevented from concentrating in school.

  • Class (or whatever group this child happens to be a part of) is either entertained or disgusted by the behavior.

  • A real danger can be presented by such behavior in classes or activities with tools or equipment.

  • Often, other children or siblings resent the fact that the parent is spending so much time with the class clown.

  • Regaining attention is difficult because some kids linger on the class clown's humor.

  • Creating a serious tone in the home or classroom is difficult.