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Episode #129: How to Build Good Behavior and Self-Esteem in Children with Dr. Hank Schlinger

Dr. Hank Schlinger has an extensive list of impressive and valuable contributions to the field. Today he joins me to discuss his brand new book, How to Build Good Behavior and Self-Esteem in Children. 

Parenting is so hard and along with it comes responsibility that will span your child’s entire life. Whether your child has an autism diagnosis or not, parenting is parenting. Dr. Schlinger discusses the idea of intentional parenting, in which, as parents, we consistently reinforce and model good behavior and set clear boundaries. Dr. Schlinger also goes over 5 common problems parents face that contribute to behavior and self-esteem.

  1. Parents are unaware of how their child’s behavior affects them and vice versa.
  2. Parents believe just telling their kids what to do should work.
  3. Parents teach their child to ‘be the boss’
  4. Parents ignore good behavior and reinforce bad behavior
  5. Parents think that a good kid or a bad kid is just the luck of the draw.

During this awesome conversation, Dr. Schlinger discusses each of these problems and offers solutions for parents to be more intentional as well as build good behavior and self-esteem. You can find his book on Amazon or find out more by visiting the book’s website. 

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Today’s Guest:

Henry D. (Hank) Schlinger Jr. received his Ph.D. in psychology (applied behavior analysis) from Western Michigan University (WMU) under the supervision of Jack Michael. He then completed a two-year National Institutes of Health-funded post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral pharmacology also at WMU with Alan Poling. Dr. Schlinger was a full tenured professor of psychology at Western New England University in Springfield, MA, before moving to Los Angeles in 1998. He is now professor of psychology and current director of the ABA Specialization Option and BCaBA course sequence, and former director of the M. S. Program in Applied Behavior Analysis in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Schlinger has published approximately 100 scholarly articles, chapters, commentaries, and book reviews in more than 35 different journals and books. He also has authored or co-authored four books, Psychology: A Behavioral Overview (1990), A Behavior-Analytic View of Child Development (1995) (which was translated into Japanese), Introduction to Scientific Psychology (1998), and, most recently, How to Build Good Behavior and Self-Esteem in Children (2021), which is available on He is past editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and The Behavior Analyst (now Perspectives on Behavior Science) and sits on the editorial boards of several other journals. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and on the Advisory Board of The B. F. Skinner Foundation and The Venus Project ( Dr. Schlinger received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University in 2012, and the Jack Michael Award for Outstanding Contributions in Verbal Behavior from the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International in 2015. 

What’s Inside:

  • What is intentional parenting?
  • 5 common problems that parents face.
  • Parenting practices to build good behavior and self-esteem.
  • How to reinforce good behavior instead of bad behavior.

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Self-Esteem in Children

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