Is challenging behavior in kids a learning disability?

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Is challenging behavior in kids a learning disability?

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You know, for a very long time, we've been putting behavior in its own category, completely ignoring the fact that kids with behavior challenging are lacking skills. If kids with behavior challenging are lacking skills, behavior is in the exact same category as any other form of developmental delay. I think of behavior in the same category as difficulty reading, difficulty doing math, difficulty expressing oneself in words, difficulty spelling words. When we view challenging behavior as the developmental delay it is, we come to a much more compassionate, much more accurate, much more productive understanding of what's getting in this kid's way. And it leads us to a whole bunch of interventions that we wouldn't have thought of if we didn't realize that this kid was lacking skills.

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Ross W. Greene, PhD

Psychologist, Author & Researcher

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the author of the well-known books The Explosive Child and Lost at School, and the originator of a model of care (now known as Collaborative & Proactive Solutions) emphasizing collaboration between kids and adults in resolving the problems contributing to children’s behavioral challenges.  He is also associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, on the professional staff at the Cambridge Hospital, adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech, and senior lecturer in the graduate program in school psychology in the Department of Education at Tufts University.  Dr. Greene founded the non-profit Lives in the Balance to provide free, web-based resources on his model and to advocate on behalf of behaviorally challenging kids and their parents, teachers, and other caregivers.  He lectures widely throughout the world and lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife and two kids.

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