The Paddle

Now this isn't really very funny at all. It's the year 2011 and hitting kids with a piece of wood is a form of discipline that is still legal and practiced in 20 states.  Corporal punishment is archaic and counterproductive. It doesn't help adults understand the true factors contributing to a kid's challenging behavior (lagging skills and unsolved problems).  It doesn't solve any problems.  It's not conducive to the development of a helping relationship.


Well, our school may lead them up sh*t's creek, but you can't say we don't provide them with a paddle!

The Restraint

Now, this comic really isn't very funny at all. Kids with behavioral challenges are often on the receiving end of physical, chemical, and mechanical restraints and locked-door seclusion.  And, regrettably, there are still people who think these procedures are "therapeutic" (even though several children and adolescents die each year as a result of such procedures).

And they thought they didn’t have the time or staffing for Collaborative Problem Solving.

Imagine This

Imagine this.  You’re the parent or teacher of a child with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.  You know the child’s behavior falls outside the norm (maybe it's even scary or dangerous) and that he’s not getting the help he needs.  But you don’t quite understand what’s going on with the child or how you can help.  You do know that the child is having a detrimental effect on your household, your marriage, your classroom, his peers, and/or his siblings.

The Alphabet

Now, this comic really isn't very funny at all. Kids with behavioral challenges tend to accumulate diagnoses, often lots of 'em. But most diagnoses don't provide any information about the skills a kid is lacking or about the unsolved problems setting challenging episodes in motion.

Is there a snappy acronym for You Adults Are Not Inspiring My Confidence?

Sign the Bill of Rights

If we don’t start doing right by kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, we’re going to keep losing them at an astounding rate. Doing the right thing isn’t an option…it’s an imperative. There are lives in the balance, and we all need to do everything we can to make sure those lives aren’t lost.

Behaviorally challenging kids have the right:

- To have their behavioral challenges understood as a form of developmental delay in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem-solving

Lessons from a Tragedy

Over three years ago, a 16-year old tenth grader named John Odgren stabbed to death a student – his name was James Alenson – in a high school bathroom in a Boston suburb. A few months ago, I testified as an expert witness in John’s murder trial. My role was to try to explain how John came to do what he did one tragic day in January, 2007.

B is for Bullies (and the Bullied)

Massachusetts is in the national news again, this time not because of our new U.S. Senator but rather because of the more sobering topic of bullying. This is due, in large part, to the tragic recent deaths of 15-year old Phoebe Prince and 11-year old Carl Walker-Hoover, two kids who were apparently on the receiving end of bullying from other kids at school and ended up taking their own lives as a result (click here).

In the Trenches

In this section, Dr. Greene posts answers to a sampling of the questions he's received from parents and teachers related to challenging episodes kids in general and his Collaborative & Proactive Solutions approach specifically. The content changes from time to time, so you'll want to check back regularly. If you'd like to submit a question, just click here.


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