The full course includes over 8 hours of short videos to view at your own pace and the complete text of Dr. Dan’s book Parent Child Journey: An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child. 

Registration grants access to the course for one year.

Registrants of this course have the option of adding the Interactive Zoom Discussion Group for any future start date at parentchildjourney.com/journey/

Want to know more? Start a free preview that includes 8 course overview videos and an introduction to each Mile

Course Curriculum

  • 2

    1st Mile: Know Your Child/Know Yourself

    • Introduction to the 1st Mile

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    • Downloads for the 1st Mile: Problems List (Behavioral Topography Survey) and The Gander

    • Making a list of problem situations and problem behaviors (Behavior Topography Survey)

    • The Gander

    • Behavioral profile (temperament) - Part 1

    • Behavioral profile - Part 2

    • How understanding your child's profile leads to an individualized approach

    • Behavioral profile - Part 3

    • Your Gander as a parent

    • Sensory profile - Part 1

    • Sensory profile - Part 2

    • Sensory profile fit between children and parents

    • Skills profile: motor skills

    • Skills profile: language skills

    • Skills profile: other skills

    • Recognizing your child's strengths

    • Physical health

    • Environmental stressors

    • Mapping your child's profile

    • Goodness of fit between people

    • How adult behavior modifies child behavior

    • "Children do well when they can"

    • How the Gander explains the problems list

    • 1st Mile homework (see detailed written instructions below the video)

    • Bonus material: 1st Mile ebook chapter

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    2nd Mile: Time-In and Self-Care

    • Introduction to the 2nd Mile

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    • Why do time-in?

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    • How to do time-in

    • Common questions about time-in

    • Self-acceptance and self-care

    • Distorted thinking

    • Replacing distorted thoughts with accurate ones

    • Time-in for yourself

    • Common challenges and solutions for practicing self-care

    • 2nd Mile homework (see detailed written instructions below the video)

    • Bonus material: 2nd Mile ebook chapter

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    3rd Mile: Engagement and Understanding

    • Introduction to the 3rd Mile

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    • Engagement and understanding vs. motivation and ability

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    • Engagement first, then instruction

    • Stop one thing before starting another

    • Pick the right timing

    • Use empathy

    • Get close

    • Speak clearly and simply

    • Use all the senses

    • Be specific; break it down

    • Visual activity schedules

    • Visual task analysis

    • Visual tools for teaching community skills

    • Tools for teaching time

    • Checking for understanding

    • Learning by doing

    • Be creative!

    • Specific rules & roles

    • Specific goals and reasons

    • Using visual menus for choices

    • Anticipate, plan and communicate in advance

    • Review of the 3rd Mile

    • 3rd Mile homework (see detailed written instructions below the video)

    • Bonus material: 3rd Mile ebook chapter

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    4th Mile: Motivation through Positive Attention

    • Introduction to the 4th Mile

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    • Introduction to motivation: how to train a killer whale

    • Internal vs. external motivation

    • Shifting from external to internal motivation

    • Motivation through positive attention

    • Spacing and fading for independence: levels of external reinforcement

    • Spacing and fading for independence: two-part commands

    • Spacing and fading example: going to sleep

    • Spacing and fading example: homework

    • 4th Mile homework (see detailed written instructions below the video)

    • Bonus material: 4th Mile e-book chapter

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    5th Mile: Self-Motivation and Learning from Experience

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    6th Mile: Motivation through Rewards

    • Introduction to the 6th Mile

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    • Reward systems

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    • How to reward effectively; Start vs. stop behaviors

    • Defining the job carefully and specifically

    • Tracking job performance

    • Promoting progress, consistency and independence

    • Defining the rewards

    • Individualizing rewards

    • Home economics for older children

    • Siblings and fairness

    • How to fade reward systems

    • 6th Mile homework (see detailed written instructions below the video)

    • Bonus material: 6th Mile ebook chapter

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    7th Mile: Problem-Solving

    • Introduction to the 7th Mile

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    • Problem-solving: a developmental perspective

    • Learned helplessness and learned optimism

    • Dogs, shocks, and "escapability"

    • Life insurance salespeople and rejection

    • Olympic hopefuls and disappointment

    • Optimistic vs. pessimistic thinking

    • Growth vs. fixed mindsets

    • Setting the stage

    • S.T.E.P.S. to problem solving

    • Say what the problem is

    • Think about all possible solutions

    • Examine each possible solution

    • Pick the best solution

    • See how it works

    • Problem solving example: video games

    • Problem solving example: Zoom classroom

    • Problem solving about anxiety

    • 7th Mile homework (see detailed written instructions below the video)

    • Bonus material: 7th Mile ebook chapter

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    8th Mile: Ignoring and Time-out

    • Introduction to the 8th Mile

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    • Why use ignoring or time-out?

    • What time-out and ignoring are NOT for

    • When to use time-out or ignoring

    • Examples of ignorable "logs"

    • Making the unignorable ignorable

    • How to ignore

    • Examples of unignorable "lightning"

    • Time-out technique

    • Ending time-out

    • Where to do time-out

    • Alternatives to time-out for older children and adolescents

    • Why time-out and ignoring don't always work

    • Log, lightning or rock?

    • 8th Mile homework (see detailed written instructions below the video)

    • Bonus material: 8th Mile ebook chapter

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    9th Mile: Pausing for Empathy and Self-Reflection

    • Introduction to the 9th Mile

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    • A developmental perspective

    • Having your reactive strategies ready

    • When to pause for empathy and self-reflection

    • "When skidding out of control," how to respond empathically

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    • Why empathy?

    • Individualizing your empathy: verbal empathic responses

    • Nonverbal empathic responses

    • Why empathy does not always work

    • The importance of parent self-reflection

    • Cognitive distortions

    • Why self-reflection does not always work

    • Empathy vs. sympathy

    • 9th Mile homework (see detailed written instructions below the video)

    • Bonus material: 9th Mile ebook chapter

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    10th Mile: Weaknesses, Strengths, and Independence

    • Introduction to the 10th Mile

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    • Realistic expectations

    • Accommodation vs. intervention

    • Identify the biggest remaining factors

    • Rate each developmental facet for relative impact

    • Who you gonna call? Seeking the help of specialists

    • Care coordination and case management

    • The science of intervention

    • Introduction to treatment trials

    • How to conduct a treatment trial

    • Treatment trial example: gluten-free/casein-free diet

    • Parent Child Journey as an intervention

    • Nurturing your child's strengths and interests

    • 10th Mile homework (see detailed written instructions below the video)

    • Bonus material: 10th Mile ebook chapter