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Wouldn't it be nice if children would simply listen and learn.

Parenting style matters - a lot!

Simple rules adhered to when children are young can prevent more serious problems later.

It's more effective to reward your child for being "good" (appropriate) than to punish him for being "bad" (inappropriate).

The best inheritance  parents can give their children is a few minutes of their time each day.

The challenge of adolescence is to balance the right of the parents to feel they are in charge with the need of the adolescent to gain independence.

It is what we say and do when we're angry that creates the very model our children will follow when dealing with their own frustrations.

Children mimic well. They catch what they see better than they follow what they hear.

Children today are under enormous pressures rarely experienced by their parents or grandparents. Many of today's children are being enticed to grow up too quickly and are encountering challenges for which they are totally unprepared.

Relationships matter:  change comes through forming trusting relationships. People, not programs change people.

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Training Session at Betamarsh

On Wednesday, April 20 I had an opportunity to present a training session to the staff of Betamarsh in Goderich Ontario. The all day session focused on assessing and treating children’s behavioural problems. Betamarsh provides a long-term therapeutic placement for troubled children, adolescents and young adults in a safe and nurturing environment. The goal of their specialized programs is to provide an opportunity for their clients to develop skills which will enable them to reach their potential. Many “graduates” have moved on to become happy, contributing members of society and the staff at Betamarsh deserve much credit for a significant  role in helping these  young people .

(simply google  Betamarsh to find more information about their worthwhile program)

Behavioural Management Systems has had the privilege of providing training and consulting services to numerous agencies and organizations. The following is a list of some of them:

  • London and Middlesex CAS
  • Sarnia Lambton CAS
  • Oxford County CAS
  • Bruce County CAS
  • Nairn Family Group Homes
  • Bluewater Family supports Services
  • Fanshawe College
  • W.R. MacDonald School
  • Good Beginnings
  • Thames Valley District School Board
  • London District Catholic School Board
  • Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance
  • Rehoboth Christian School
  • Region of Peel CAS
  • Elgin Association for Community Living
  • Huron Perth CAS
  • Government of Nova Scotia
  • Chatham Kent CAS
  • Elgin County CAS
  • Pic River First Nations
  • Epilepsy support Centre

Behavioural Management Systems offer a broad range of training opportunities and we encourage you to check out the “services” and “workshop” sections of our website for a complete listing. (www.rickharper.ca)

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+ Behaviour Management

This full day or 2 evening workshop will introduce you [...]

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+ Lick Your Kids

  “Lick Your Kids” (figuratively not literally) (2 hours) First [...]

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+ A Parent’s Guide to the Teenage Brain

  A teenager’s brain is not just an adult brain [...]

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+ Reading Rescue

A program for children with reading problems

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+ Taming a Toddler

Many parents wonder what hit them when their sweet little baby turns into an unreasonable toddler – ideas for dealing with mealtime, bedtime, temper tanturms, toilet training, noncompliance, etc.

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2720 Rath Street, Putnam, Ontario

Phone: (519) 485-4678
Fax: (519) 485-0281

Email: info@rickharper.ca


Parents' Comments

“Our daughter was the joy of our life until she turned 13, then all hell broke loose. Rick helped us understand what was happening to her and we made some adjustments that helped us get through it. She’s now in University and doing well.”

(D.A. – St. Thomas)