Nurtured Heart Approach
The Nurtured Heart Approach is a positive behavior modification program used
at Children's Success Academy to teach all students (and their parents) how to
put all their energies into positive, creative and productive actions, with
little to no energy into negative actions. It provides the structural
framework, along with the Virtues Project, within which academic progress can
be made by all students.
1I. Basic Program
The Nurtured Heart Approach was developed and used at Tucson’s Center
for the Difficult Child (from 1994 to 2000). It was designed as a family
systems approach to turn challenging children around to a new pattern of
success. The approach also results in helping average children to flourish at
higher-than-expected levels of functioning.
Credit systems are used in the classroom to provide reinforcement of positive
behaviors, including use of the various virtues. Credits can be spent by
students to do service (for example, to help in the office, to read to
students in a lower grade class), or for free reading time, and sometimes to
spend in the class “store”. Simple "time outs" are taken by students when the
basic rules are broken. During a time out, and until restorative justice is
performed (if necessary), credits are "frozen". However, students can
continue to earn credits while performing restorative justice services.
Major emphasis is placed on describing in great
detail what the student is doing "right". Virtues are acknowledged,
described and rewarded with credits as they happen. For example, a
student who shares supplies with another student is acknowledged - in great
detail - for showing cooperation and generosity. Students quickly learn
to do this with each other.
1II. Further Information
book used in our staff training in positive behavior modification, and by many
of our parents at home, is
Transforming the Difficult Child:
The Nurtured Heart Approach. For more information about this book and
the author, Mr. Howard Glasser, please go to his website:
To lean about the use of the
Nurtured Heart Approach by a group in Texas, please visit their site at:
or see the information below:
Nurtured Heart Kids, PLLC.
P.O. Box 248
Mont Belvieu, TX 77580-0248
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(Howard Glasser, MA)
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