Help For Challenged Children

January 2, 2012 Updated Jan 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 2, 2012 Updated Jan 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) If you or a family member have a challenged child, Susan Barlow and the team from the Parenting Network have some great advice for you.

Susan stopped by for a visit with Parick Taney and Ginger Geoffery on "Eyewitness News This Morning" to discuss how parents might want to make a New Year's Resolution to get the help they need.

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to talk about changing how we look at challenging behaviors of children with disabilities and what we can do to provide opportunities for growth and success

· Families of children with developmental disabilities often have the additional challenge of coping with difficult behaviors associated with their disability itself.

· Mental Health issues such as anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorders can co-exist with developmental disabilities

· These behaviors can cause additional stress within the family, in school and out in the community. A great New Year’s resolution is to commit to reducing that stress and improve behaviors

· Traditional parenting skills often are not successful in effecting a positive change – Parent Network’s program, Prevent the Storm, will offer opportunities for families to learn successful techniques and receive one on one assistance as they go through the process of helping their child succeed