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Resources for Parents of Children with Challenging Behaviors

Do you have a child with challenging behaviors or a developmental disability diagnosis? If so, RISE Services, Inc. Idaho would like to recommend a few books and resources that can help your child develop valuable communication and social skills, as well as manage anxiety, sensory issues, and other developmental disability difficulties. Keep reading to discover resources that can teach your child healthy ways to manage their developmental disability and improve their challenging behaviors. 

Resources for Parents of Children with Challenging Behaviors

Communication Skills

If you have a little one who struggles with communication, More Than Words: A Parents Guide to Building Interaction and Language Skills for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties, by Fern Sussman, may be helpful for you. This illustrated guidebook provides research-based strategies that show parents how to use everyday activities for building their children’s interaction and communication skills. 

Social Skills

Self-regulation can be difficult for children with challenging behaviors or developmental disabilities. The Superflex Series, by Michelle Garcia Winner, is an amazing resource that can help to develop healthy social skills and improve self-regulation in children. Using a storybook format, this curriculum teaches children that they can become their own superheroes and manage their Unthinkabots, characters that embody various behaviors and challenges.

Behavior Intervention

Behavior intervention has been proven to have lasting benefits for children with challenging behaviors and developmental disabilities. Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism: A Manual for Parents and Professionals, by Catherine Maurice, provides a wealth of practical information for parents based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. This science-based approach utilizes behavior intervention strategies that parents can use to teach their children important skills such as listening to others, interacting with peers, and more.


Freeing Your Child From Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Strategies to Overcome Your Child’s Fears, Phobias, and Worries, by Tamar E. Chansky, is filled with simple, fun, and engaging tools that can effectively teach children to take charge of their fears. Anxiety typically accompanies many developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors. Guiding children on how they can prevent themselves from being overcome by worry will improve the lives of both children and parents.

Creating Independent & Resilient Individuals

If you would like further recommendations for helping your child with their challenging behaviors, contact us today. Our goal is to foster both well-being and independence in the lives of the children and families we serve. You can also take advantage of our Rising Stars program. Through this intervention-based school readiness program, we partner with local schools to help your child overcome challenges with communication, friendships, academics, and other difficulties.

Source: “Family Resources.” Web page. Siskin Children’s Institute. Web. 14 Oct. 2022.