What is the Challenge Software Program?

Sample pic1 THE TOOL FOR EMPOWERING OUR CHILDREN
Many children struggle with self-regulation because they spend way too much time and energy focusing on things that are out of their control. Let’s teach these children how to use their time and energy to create change in an area that they can control, and that has a direct impact on their behavior and their emotions.

ENGAGING CHILDREN QUICKLY
If you presented one of your clients or students with a workbook or a laptop, which one do think they would choose to work on? Technology is a medium that they understand and enjoy. It is non-threatening and fun for them. It is a great feeling when they come back in the next time and are asking to work on the program. This is a way to quickly engage the children you work with in an activity that they find fun and you understand is valuable and gets results.

PREREQUISITES FOR FIRST-LINE INTERVENTION
How can children learn all of those “wonderful" techniques we have to offer if they don’t believe they can do anything? We believe that this skill is often being overlooked and should be taught prior to implementing other interventions. Just by going through the program they are seeing that they can impact the outcome of situations.

The beauty of this program is that it is challenging the most fundamental thinking error these children make which is, “I can’t do anything about these situations. They just happen and they’re out of my control. It’s because of something else that I feel and act this way.” The conflict screen (or game screen) metaphorically embodies the internal conflict a child feels when they are struggling with competing thoughts that lead to different responses.

WHERE HAVE OTHER COMPUTER TRAINING SYSTEMS FAILED?
They don’t effectively engage or relate to the child. They have tried to create a situation where the computer has to make human decisions, or act like a therapist. It’s time to embrace the technology. It’s not going away. Sample pic2We need to engage these children on their turf. They’re already using technology to learn all kinds of other things, including violence and other unhealthy behaviors. Let’s use it to help them learn something fundamental to their well-being. We should teach children not only what to think, but how to think for themselves.

© 2008 Chapin Psychological Services, LLC