Dec 28, 2017

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Your child gets really physical when they're having temper tantrums. What should you do about that? Child psychiatrist Dr. Benjamin Chan, what advice do you have?

Dr. Chan: When a child becomes physically aggressive, you need to remove them from the environment. If they start hitting, kicking, biting, they start destroying property or objects around you, place them in their room. It's a timeout room. Hopefully, ahead of time, you've eliminated certain objects from the room, so there's only stuffed animals or books. And you can close the door and let them just be physically aggressive.

And then when they calm down, same thing. You go back in and process with them. Talk with them. "Why'd you feel that way?" Now, this is all under the auspices of at least having some type of behavior plan. Green, yellow, yellow level, red level behavior where children are rewarded for exhibiting green behavior. So when they're exhibiting really great behavior, praise them.

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