An Overview of Behavioral Psychology

Behaviorism, also known as behavioral psychology, is a theory of learning based on the idea that all behaviors are acquired through conditioning. Conditioning occurs through interaction with the environment. Behaviorists believe that our responses to environmental stimuli shape our actions.

Vlinder Littles

Welcome Vlinder Little, the newest addition to the Breakthrough family. We also welcome our youngest clients who start at the age of 3. Breakthrough has decided to label Vlinder Little as a Behavior Reinforcement game rather than a behavior modification game. Behaviors which are addressed and reinforced are social skills, personal [...]

January 4th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Safety Parent

A long time ago I had a scary conversation about child predators and how to keep our children safe. The talk progressed sharing fear-based stories heard on the news, internet and via word of mouth. We naturally helped each other as each tale got more difficult to fathom. It followed with good parenting advice on how to prepare children for such a potentially horrible world. What hit me later is that I don’t want my kids to grow up fearful. I want to instill confidence.

Vlinder Elf Tips

It’s that time of year when parents get a couple of extra hands to keep an on eye on things. I’m talking about the elves. I appreciate using the little guys and gals to help bring some order into the home. There are a few things to keep in mind to make sure that this is helping your quest to maintain long term change and not adding additional stressors to your kiddos.

December 12th, 2017|Categories: Holidays|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Vlinder Elf Tips

Where Are All the Grandparenting Books?

I read a book about what it feels like to get old to my son the other night hoping to gain some empathy for my aging parents. It is the only book of its kind in our library. There are plenty of books about relationships with siblings, friends and pets but not any regarding the difficulty of understanding those two generations their senior. Looks like the Vlinder Club has another subject to discuss!

December 7th, 2017|Categories: Childhood, Family, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Where Are All the Grandparenting Books?

Vlinder Reward Cards

Thank you Breakthrough and Vlinder families! November was the month of gratitude. Now December is our chance to give back! Our gift to you is a set of Vlinder Reward Cards. All you have to pay is shipping. Behavior management is right at your fingertips!

December 5th, 2017|Categories: Holidays, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Vlinder Reward Cards

Confidence is Key

I was recently asked what parents should do to encourage leadership skills. Coming from a family of leaders I think back to see which text book answers apply. What I found is that it is rare to find a tip that is not equally good for a “leader” and a [...]

November 28th, 2017|Categories: Parenting|Tags: , |Comments Off on Confidence is Key

Where Did Vlinder Come From

My background is in Sociology. I believe in the concept that characteristics are developed and maintained within a society or social group rather than existing inherently. That thought should empower you to affect change in your child. This is the first lesson in Vlinder. Change is inevitable because your world is ever-changing. You can impact what it looks like.

September 29th, 2017|Categories: Social Skills|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Where Did Vlinder Come From

Parenting by Trial and Error?

...It seemed so easy when they were lying under their arch of toys swatting at the little rainbow in the center. As I look back on it my biggest problem was when I gave birth to the twins and got to introduce their big brother for the first time. He took one look at them and high tailed it out of that room so fast. Not sure what his plan was, but I can tell you it didn’t include either of them! Fortunately one of his aunts were nearby and raced down the hall to collect him. I look back at parenting then and now and realize that I’m not getting more than I can handle, and that we still learn by trial and error.

September 4th, 2017|Categories: Parenting|Tags: , , |1 Comment