Words are behavior

If we always see belle’s words as communication we can get drawn into her drama, react, get emotional, have confusing feelings (guilt, frustration, regret), and make rash decisions. But if we see the words as behavior it’s easier to identify the purpose of her words (attention or escape?), identify the antecedent of the behavior,set limits, give calm consequences, and teach and reinforce more appropriate ways for her to express herself and get what she wants/needs.

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