Glenbard South High School
2/27/2020 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

What’s an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration—crying, screaming, kicking, hitting, destroying property, and worse. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave his or her parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help. Most of these parents have tried everything -but to no avail. They can’t figure out why their child acts the way he or she does; they wonder why the strategies that work for other kids don’t work for theirs; and they don’t know what to do instead.

Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren’t attention-seeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren’t permissive pushovers. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach to parenting. With compassion and insight, Dr. Greene will provide a practical and new conceptual framework for understanding their difficulties, based on research in the neurosciences. He will explain why traditional parenting and treatment often don’t work with these children, and he describes what to do instead, Dr. Greene’s Collaborative Problem Solving model promotes working with explosive children to solve the problems that precipitate explosive episodes, and teaching these kids the skills they lack.