Behavior management focuses on therapeutic techniques for altering undesired behaviors by changing one or more aspects of an individual’s environment. The aspects that are modified by these environmental changes are those perceived as directly contributing most significantly to the occurrence or maintenance of behaviors that are problematic for the individual or for others in their environment (home, school, or work settings). Behavioral issues may arise in anyone and anywhere but it particularly occurs in the educational system with students and teachers. Behavioral therapy can potentially help change self-destructive behaviors. Parents may encounter a wide range of behaviors. Some may be easy to understand while others may be more complex and difficult. There are emotional and physical contributing factors that play a role in these behaviors. Some more common behavior types that are usually prone to escalate are: aggression, disorganization, or distractibility. One of the biggest challenges parents face is managing difficult or defiant behaviors from their children. Whether they’re refusing to put on their shoes, or throwing full-blown tantrums, you can find yourself at a loss for an effective way to respond. For parents and educators facing these challenges in the home and school settings, behavioral therapy techniques can provide a framework for more efficient and consistent ways to manage undesired/maladaptive behaviors and offer an opportunity to help children develop and acquire the skills needed to regulate their own behaviors. As a parent, you want to empower your children in order for them to grow and thrive; this leads us to our next topic.