How to Build Good Behavior and Self-Esteem in Children: A Conversation with Dr. Bridget Taylor & Dr. Hank Schlinger

By: Dr. Bridget Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D
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About this Webinar

In this webinar, we will discuss how parents can build appropriate behaviors in their children and at the same time, self-esteem as described in Dr. Schlinger’s recent book, How to Build Good Behavior and Self-Esteem in Children. We will describe some of the ways in which parents and other caregivers can begin to think differently about interacting with children and the role they can and do play in their child’s behavior. 

How To Build Good Behavior and Self Esteem In Children by Henry D. Schlinger, Jr., Ph.D., BCBA-DThe webinar will also address how ABA practitioners can incorporate the book as part of staff training. The emphasis is on building appropriate behaviors and positive self-esteem and preventing maladaptive behaviors and negative self-esteem.

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Learning Objectives

By participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to answer the following questions:

  1. What does it mean to say that parents are behavioral engineers?
  2. What are five troublesome patterns (or problems) between parents and their children?
  3. What is the naive philosophy that we all are share about where behavior comes from and what does it mean to say that “the child is always right”?
  4. What is the root of discipline and why is it consistent with a behavior-analytic approach to building good behavior and self-esteem?
  5. What do we mean when we talk about “self-esteem,” and how can a behavioral approach to parenting affect a child’s (and a parent’s) self-esteem?
  6. How can parents prevent problem behavior while building appropriate behavior?

About the Guest Speaker

Henry (Hank) Schlinger

Dr. Henry Schlinger, BCBA

Professor, Department of Psychology, California State University

Henry D. (Hank) Schlinger Jr. received his Ph.D. in psychology (applied behavior analysis) from Western Michigan University (WMU) under the supervision of Jack Michael. He then completed a two-year National Institutes of Health-funded post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral pharmacology also at WMU with Alan Poling. Dr. Schlinger was a full tenured professor of psychology at Western New England University in Springfield, MA, before moving to Los Angeles in 1998. He is now professor of psychology and current director of the ABA Specialization Option and BCaBA course sequence, and former director of the M. S. Program in Applied Behavior Analysis in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles.

Dr. Schlinger has published approximately 100 scholarly articles, chapters, commentaries, and book reviews in more than 35 different journals and books. He also has authored or co-authored four books, Psychology: A Behavioral Overview (1990), A Behavior-Analytic View of Child Development (1995), Introduction to Scientific Psychology (1998), and How to Build Good Behavior and Self-Esteem in Children (2021). He is past editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and The Behavior Analyst and sits on thee ditorial boards of several other journals. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and on the Advisory Board of The B. F. Skinner Foundation and The Venus Project. Dr. Schlinger received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University in 2012, and the Jack Michael Award for Outstanding Contributions in Verbal Behavior from the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International in 2015.

About the Author

Bridget A. Taylor Headshot

Executive Director at Alpine Learning Group and Senior Clinical Advisor at Rethink

Dr. Bridget A. Taylor is co-founder and CEO of Alpine Learning Group and is Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink. Dr. Taylor has specialized in the education of children with Autism for over 30 years. She holds a Doctor of Psychology from Rutgers University and received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Columbia University. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Psychologist. She is past president of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and past Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She currently serves on several editorial boards and the Autism Advisory Group for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.

Active in the Autism research community, Dr. Taylor has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters, on innovative practices to improve the lives of individuals with autism. Dr. Taylor was recently recognized by the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International for her outstanding contributions and was given ABAI’s Fellow designation.

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