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Book and Video Reviews:  1-2-3 Magic Program

Bridges4Kids Review: 1-2-3 Magic
by Jackie D. Igafo-Te'o, Bridges4Kids, February 2003


Click here to read the full, comprehensive review with highlights on how this worked for 3 different children. Also, includes sample "Start Behavior" task sheet.
Review Includes: 1-2-3 Magic: Managing Difficult Behavior in Children 2-12, (video), More 1-2-3 Magic: Encouraging Good Behavior, Independence and Self-Esteem (video), and 1-2-3 Magic: effective Discipline for Children 2-12 (book)
Background: This review is based on a real-life trial of the 1-2-3 Magic program by Bridges4Kids staffer Jackie Igafo-Te'o. Three children were used in this trial: Child #1, male, age 9, ADHD; Child #2, male, age 8, Autism, ADHD, Impulse Control Disorder; Child #3, female, age 6. Please note that the 1-2-3 Magic program does NOT claim to help children with Autism and must be modified for children with ADHD. I chose to use it with all three children by tailoring it for each child’s needs.
Motivation: Many challenging behaviors existed with these three children upon starting this program in late November 2002. The atmosphere in our home had become chaotic at times and my husband and I felt that it was time to “take back” the authority in our home.

It was my goal to do the following:
1. Manage the difficult behavior (stop behavior),
2. Replace difficult behavior with more appropriate behavior (start behavior),
3. Craft an effective discipline program, and
4. Create an environment conducive to the children’s desire to cooperate.

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