For Healthcare Professionals
“The key issue about toxic stress is not the cause of the stress. It’s the fact that there are not consistent protective, supportive adult relationships to help children get through and learn to deal with adversity.”
Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., Director, The Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
What is Behavior Checker®?
The Behavior Checker is an evidence-based, systematic way to answer parents’ questions to over 175 of their children's most common behavior problems the same way you help them manage their medical issues. The healthy parenting skills shared here promote a child’s health and wellbeing to mitigate stress so that it does not become toxic.
Written by parenting authors and educators Jerry L. Wyckoff, PhD, and Barbara C. Unell, this content allows healthcare providers to deliver guidance on effective discipline strategies in the clinic to help parents teach their children acceptable behaviors and protect them from harm, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in their new Policy Statement, “Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children”. Clinicians also refer their families to Behavior Checker through mobile-friendly, online access.
The Behavior Checker corresponds with the authors’ best-selling book, Discipline with Love and Limits, which has sold over one million copies worldwide. The proven, evidence-based strategies in this book, and in Behavior Checker, have been the foundation of the authors’ decades of experience in private practice, training programs, consultation with school districts, parenting workshops, pediatric clinics and university courses.
The time for Behavior Checker is now.
The national call to action is loud and clear—The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for clinic-delivered parent skill-building, which is at the heart of Behavior Checker. In November, 2018, the Academy issued a new policy statement, that updates 20-year-old guidance on discipline. "Optimal child development requires," according the to the new AAP Policy Statement, "the active engagement of adults who, among other functions, teach children acceptable behavior."
Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child is at the heart of a myriad of research initiatives supporting healthy parenting, each demonstrating that nurturing environments and positive parent-child relationships early in a child’s life have a significant influence on a child’s health and wellbeing to mitigate stress so that it does not become toxic.
Workforce research also supports this call to action. Behavior Checker has been demonstrated to improve workforce confidence, comfort and competence in delivering healthy parenting in the clinic, according to "A Feasibility Study of Behavior Checker: Enhancing the Capacity of Pediatric Staff to Deliver Evidence-Based Strategies to Manage Children's Common Behavioral Issues for Parents", presented at the Society for Prevention Research in June, 2017.