While most people think of Modifying the Environment as something you primarily do with infants and toddlers, it can also be used very effectively with older children, teens, adults and even in companies and organizations to save hours of frustration, prevent or end conflict, and save individuals and organizations money.
- A mother was frustrated by paper on the floor from her son who routinely missed the small wastebasket when throwing away discarded paper from homework and computer printing. She did a quick brainstorming with her son; the solution, a larger wastebasket with a small basketball backboard and hoop attached. Result, paper ended up in the basket and the end of that frustration for Mom.
There are three major schemes for altering your home environment to prevent or insulate a child's unacceptable behavior. These principles apply to any age:
Adding to the Environment
- Introducing activities or materials that interest the child.
- Broadening work and play areas to increase some behavior
- Reducing stimulation or the physical means to the undesired behavior
- Designating work and play areas to limit certain behavior
- Making the home easier for the child to function independently and effectively
- Displaying, storing and placing elements in the home to eliminate or encourage certain behaviors
An abbreviated excerpt from the P.E.T. Participant Workbook