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The Positive Environment Lecture Notes

                                                     Lecture notes for PSY240 Developmental Psychology
                                                                     Paradise Valley Community College
                                                 


Five major causes of behavior problems:



A negative environment is where the negative feedback outweighs the positive.







Increase the positive frequency and intensity= increase the learning, establish a healthy self image, improve attitude and establish desired behaviors.
Always schedule a negative before a positive. I.e. do your chores then snack. Finish homework then games. Wash dishes then watch movie. End in positive always!

Intensity cup explained.

Need a 4 to 1 positive to negative feedback responses.
The single most important factor to determine how well and how fast a child learns is the learning environment itself.
How much they learn is a direct reflection of how much they like learning.
How much they like learning is a direct reflection of how they perceive themselves.
We love to do things that we do well. We avoid the things we don’t do well.
We, as well as the child, are motivated by success.

Lack of structure

You can never let your “tude” determine your boundaries (how far a child can push you)
Boundaries are structure. Structure comforts a child and directs them. Set your boundaries and stick to them. Set the rules and abide by them
If your boundaries shift you will be tested relentlessly and the child will display forms of anxiety. This is because of lack of structure.

Education by nature is structure. A positive learning environment forms good attitudes, self images and perceptions, improves the rate of learning and how much the child learns.

Absence of appropriate feedback



Includes; expressing bad temper, disdain, ignoring the child’s success, highlighting failures.
Affects attitude, self image, relationships with peers, siblings, caregivers, parents, friends and later in life their spouse and kids.

Never correct a child when you are angry. Prov 22:15 “Foolishness is bound in the heart of the child.”  Not malice, hatred, vengeance, retaliation, opposition… its all foolishness.

Children look to parents, teachers and caregivers for guidance and correction.
Ineffective punishment is just another fat negative in the life of a child.

A child does a 10 question math test. Did they get 1 wrong or 9 right? You got 7 right and 2 of those were real tough! How did you do that? (Less than 5 right) Wow you are really staring to get this! Look! You got this one right and this one right and etc…

If its no fun and the child thrives on success they move on… we don’t

Developmental issues


Developmental issues cause aberrant behavior and learning difficulties in the child. We rely on clean, concise input for the receptive functions of the brain to receive, process, store and retrieve information.

Neuro-chemical patterns are established in the core of the brain

The purpose of education is to provide organized input to the brain to produce organized output. If the brain is disorganized it is impossible to put organized material into the brain and then retrieve organized output!

Allergies and medical challenges


Allergies cause anywhere from hyperactivity to depression. Allergies also cause inflammation i the brain that translates into behavior problems. Medical challenges can affect the brain chemistry, emotions and outlook on life. Medications for allergies, asthma and other health and medical conditions alter the brain function and caus dysfunction and misbehavior. These factors have to be considered when assessing the positive environment.

Authored by Neurodevelopment Consultant Craig Stellpflug NDC, CNC
Healing Pathways Medical Clinic Scottsdale, AZ
Copyright 2010 Craig Stellpflug© Permission is hereby granted to copy and distribute this article but only in its entirety


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