Finetuning behaviour management in young children – Dr Rick Jarman
Concerns about their children’s development and behaviour are among the most common reasons parents bring children to doctors. These concerns often arise from normal developmental variation in children rather than serious pathology. Reviewing behaviour management strategies with parents and providing support goes a long way to resolving many of these problems.
In this article recently published in the RACGP’s publication, Australian Family Physician, Paediatrician Rick Jarman aims to provide GPs with a template for behaviour management work with parents of young children.
Focus – Problems that worry parents
Behaviour problems are common
Parents are increasingly bringing their children to doctors, with concerns about their behaviour and development.
The aim of this article is to provide general practitioners with a template for behaviour management work with parents of young children.
We review the importance of routine, positive attention, praise, reward, selective ignoring, and use of consequences in behaviour management.
Rick Jarman, Australian Family Physician (AFP) December 2015 Vol 44 (12) 865-944
The full article including a PDF available for download can be viewed in December’s issue of Australian Family Physician (AFP) available online at the RACGP website:
*Rick Jarman MBBS, FRACP, Senior staff specialist, Centre for Community Child Health and Department of General Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville, Vic; Founding Director, Melbourne Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics, Donvale, Vic; Partner, Melbourne Paediatric Specialists, Parkville, Vic