Behavior Therapy

Precision Parenting Behavior Therapy

For many families, 1 to 1 behavior therapy for their child is a necessary component of the overall support plan.  While parent and family training training are essential for behavior change, some children require 1 to 1 support to learn and strengthen skills surrounding:

  • Emotional dysregulation/escalation
  • Anxiety
  • Perseverative behaviors
  • Rigidity and inflexibile thinking
  • Disrespectful language and backtalk
  • Overall compliance


T.I.M.E., a proprietary tool developed by Precision Parenting, is used in Behavior Therapy to address behaviors identified by parents as most disruptive to child and family.  Systematically, T.I.M.E. seeks to:

  • Target (Identify and prioritize challenging behaviors)
  • Intervene (Teach pro-social replacement behaviors to the child/family)
  • Measure (Collect data on current target behavior)
  • Evaluate (Based on data analysis, determine if behavior change has occurred)

There are some situations when 1 to 1 therapy alone may be sufficient in replacing unwanted behaviors with more acceptable ones.  Other situations may be more complex, requiring training for all people in the child’s support system.  The approach at Precision Parenting is flexible and capable of being adapted to the needs of the child, family and support system as required by each unique situation.

About Chris

Chris Messina
Chris Messina
Chris has devoted more than twenty years to finely tuning a process to produce meaningful change for children and adolescents with behavior and learning challenges. Her efforts significantly change lives and enrich families of children with special needs.

Illogical becomes logical and impossible becomes possible

Chris is the ultimate coach and team leader who communicates effectively and efficiently with the student, family, school and all other team members. Read full testimonial “Illogical becomes logical and impossible becomes possible”

Registered Nurse, Portland, OR

Thanking My Lucky Stars that Chris Came Into Our Life

Chris helped put systems in place in our home that ultimately changed some pretty destructive, devastating and explosive behavior. Read full testimonial “Thanking My Lucky Stars that Chris Came Into Our Life”

Sara B.

A Child Whisperer

I have met two child whisperers in my lifetime: My mother and Chris Messina. Read full testimonial “A Child Whisperer”

M. Darabi

Just What We Needed For Our Family

Chris helped us continue to deepen our family dialogue around frustrations and problem-solving. There aren’t many people out there like her! Read full testimonial “Just What We Needed For Our Family”

Evelyn S.

A True Professional

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Jenna F.

Effective Solutions For Explosive Behavior

With Chris’s guidance we were able to identify triggers for my son and develop a plan. Read full testimonial “Effective Solutions For Explosive Behavior”

Nicole C. Washougal, WA

Chris changed my child’s life

Chris has a deep and thorough understanding of developmental differences and the tools that can help a child overcome them. Read full testimonial “Chris changed my child’s life”

Jane A., Portland

Collaboration With Divorced Parents

Chris creates a safe environment where participants feel comfortable sharing, and hearing, each other’s perspectives. Read full testimonial “Collaboration With Divorced Parents”

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