The Key(s) to Successful Time-Outs

Parents and teachers are always on the lookout for new techniques to decrease inappropriate behaviors. If used correctly, the age-old time-out procedure can be the most effective tool in teaching your kiddo to behave. The following strategies will help you clean up the time-out process and make it effective for your children.

Time-Out Strategies

  • Attempt to identify what your child is trying to communicate through their behavior and provide interventions based on the results. Typically, most behaviors are exhibited in order to gain or avoid something in the environment. For example, a child may bite other children because he/she does not have the language to ask for a toy.
  • Follow the “Three Cs” law – the household rules should be clear, concise, and consistent. Pick one or two rules to focus on and make sure they are visibly posted using pictures or words. Children should know exactly what they did in order to receive a time–out, and parents are responsible for making sure that they implement a time-out every time the behavior occurs. Read more