Sunday, May 8, 2011

CPS - collaborating with young kids

The CPS model focuses on Collaboration. The first stage in the process is to gather information and  input from the child about his concerns or what is bothering him. Often kids have difficulty in communicating their concerns .We have to help them by being sensitive to the cues they offer and come up with tentative suggestions about possible concerns. Kids may have good understanding but cannot express their concerns. We can make a list of concerns  and let them choose from the list by answering yes or no.  The same can be done with solutions . We can also present a solution in pictures.

'It's never too early to begin applying the core ingredients of Collaborative Problem Solving (identifying a child's unsolved problems, gathering information on his/her concern or perspective on each unsolved problem, and collaborating on mutually satisfactory solutions).  So I don't find that chronological age is the primary issue...indeed, parents collaborate with infants all the time. Rather, it's lagging language-processing and communication skills that necessitate some adjustments

The collaboration process starts as soon as our kid , the infant is born.  The tough part about collaborating with infants (and kids with lagging language processing and communication skills) is that they aren't communicating in words, which is how adults prefer to communicate.  But they are communicating:  crying, grunting, growling, screaming, smiling, and so forth.  The challenge for adults is to figure out what infants (and other kids who are having trouble "using their words") are communicating by paying very close attention to the specific conditions in which the crying, grunting, growling, and screaming is occurring...and then to apply solutions for the purpose of addressing the apparent concerns, paying attention all the while to the feedback the child is giving so as to determine whether or not the solution is getting the job done. '     Ross Greene

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