Behaven Kids for Parents

Will the Behaven Kids program help my child?

Each child is unique and presents  interesting challenges. Over the years, more than a thousand children have participated in the Behaven Kids program. Our studies suggest that between two-thirds and three-fourths have made clinically significant improvements in their behavior. That means that the majority of parents notice a substantial improvement in how their children behave at home, in a child care center, preschool, or school. The following information summarizes the current research on children and behavior and provides preliminary support for Behaven Kids as an effective program.

For more detailed research studies, researchers may click here to go to the professional abstracts and citations.

  • In a 2010 study, researchers looked at 2 children who were “kicked out” of their preschool programs as part of a study published in the journal Clinical Case Studies. The children had been aggressive and disruptive in their preschools and were considered to have moderate to severe behavior problems. They then entered the Behaven Kids Specialized Day Program. The goal was to teach the children better behavior and get them back into their previous child care center settings. When children are expelled from their preschool or child care center, parents typically have few options. That’s why this research is so important – it suggests that Behaven Kids can help some of the most disruptive children with possibly severe behavior problems improve their behavior. Then, they can return to their mainstream school and child care center. This means fewer problems at home, fewer calls to parents at work, and better relationships between parents and their children.

  • The book The Sleep Fairy was used in a study to see whether it would help 4 children get to bed, stay in bed and get to sleep. These children were ages 2 to 7, and their parents had a variety of problems – some experienced  20 to 30 problems per night (everything from whining and crying to urinating in the bedroom corner) –  getting them to bed. The parents read The Sleep Fairy to their children and followed The Sleep Fairy objectives, which are to reward children for staying in bed, much like the Tooth Fairy who brings a reward. The parents kept a diary that documented what happened each night. The study found that the children were able to get to bed and stay in bed when the parents consistently used The Sleep Fairy routine before bedtime. The children who were waking up at night no longer did so. Even more exciting, the parents of 3 of the 4 children said the children were better behaved during the day.  The study was published in 2004 in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology where other counselors could read about the success of using a story to help control behavior.  You can buy a copy of The Sleep Fairy here.

  • If you’re struggling with your young child’s behavior, you’re not alone.  A 2005 Yale study found that 10% of pre-K teachers reported expelling a student in the past year.  Nationally, the pre-K expulsion rate was 6.67 students per 1,000 enrolled or 3.2 times the expulsion rate for K-12 students (2.09 per 1,000 enrolled students). Often, teachers in child care settings need help coping with misbehaving children. Smaller classes (like those found at Behaven Kids) are helpful in reducing child behavior problems as is giving teachers help from behavioral support specialists.