Parent & Support System Training

Many parents reach a point when they recognize that their current toolkit is simply insufficient for effecting meaningful, enduring change in their child’s behavior.  It’s at this point that one-on-one training and coaching becomes necessary.  No matter how many parenting books you’ve consulted, nothing can replace customized care and training for you and your child.  Parent training is the most significant factor contributing to behavior change.

Securing participation by other professionals such as your child’s teacher, tutors and caregivers plays an instrumental role in creating behavior change as well.  It is essential that all individuals spending time with your child in the environment where problem behavior occurs are working towards common goals using consistent, research-based strategies.  Precision Parenting creates the blueprint for all relevant players in your child’s life to follow, training them to implement strategies and techniques proven to create lasting behavior change.

While every family’s needs are unique, some common behavioral concerns addressed in a family support program include:

  • Gaining compliance
  • Teaching self-regulation skills
  • Reducing disrespectful back talk
  • Eliminating negotiating
  • Appropriately giving consequences
  • Determining if and when punishment is necessary

Central to the Precision Parenting approach is an abiding belief that behavior does not occur in a vacuum.  Instead, your child’s behavior serves a purpose, more commonly referred to as the function of behavior.  In order to change a behavior, we must systematically address the following:

  • Specifically what your child is doing that is so problematic
  • Precisely why your child is engaging in that behavior.
  • Exactly what your child should be doing instead.

The goal of Parent training is to equip the individuals in your child’s life with the most effective tools and strategies known in behavioral science to effect long-term behavior change.  If you are ready to work 1:1 with a results-driven Behavior Analyst & Special Educator, you’ve come to the right place.

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.

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

A True Professional

Chris is a true professional who has helped our family navigate through challenging times. Read full testimonial “A True Professional”

Jenna F.

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.

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

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

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

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”

Angela A. Portland, OR