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Safe Environment

Structuring the Setting for Change

Children with emotional and behavioral disorders suffer more setbacks in their young lives than other children. Their frustrated and angry outbursts often get them expelled from regular child care facilities, because caregivers do not know how to help them.

Establishing a safe environment with structured activities, clear rules and understood consequences is a first step toward changing problem behaviors. Limiting the amount of stimuli with small groups and a low student-teacher ratio also helps these children learn to focus and be more self-aware.

At the Daniel M. Center for Behavioral Change, we have staff members who are trained to meet the educational, emotional and behavioral needs of exceptional children. The relaxed setting encourages children to try and succeed at activities that might have resulted in past failures.

Each positive experience builds self-esteem, improves peer relationships and provides a model for future success in school, at home and in the community.