Our approach starts with teaching adults how to form a substantive, trust-based relationship with a child. This relationship serves as the foundation for engaging with the child in collaborative goal setting when dealing with behavioral issues or any other situation where there is a conflict between the goals of the adult and the behavior of the child. We teach descriptive reinforcement as the critical skill for selecting when and how to offer encouragement, and inductive discipline as a means for setting and enforcing behavioral boundaries while developing self-control within the child.
The Mariposa approach builds sequentially. The approach begins with helping the child develop a higher level of self-awareness, while in parallel helping to build the child’s sense of social awareness. Children (and adults) must be able to understand their own selves in order to understand and connect with others. Mutual understanding serves as the foundation for learning how to collaboratively set goals and problem-solve. Working on the key skills for developing self control and internal motivation completes the approach.
Using the Mariposa skill-set, adults can lower a child’s level of stress, build trusting, quality adult-child relationships, and accelerate the development of the child’s social-emotional competence.