Tired of the meltdowns, nagging, yelling, and constant power struggles between you and your child? Is challenging behavior tearing your family apart? If behavior charts, rewards, and punishments aren’t working, we know why!

Research shows kids with challenging behavior lack the skill, not the will, to behave.

"Collaborative Problem Solving has been a life-changer for us. It made me cry to see that someone recognized my child was not just bad.”

- Jessica Hannon, as quoted in the New York Times

Collaborative Problem Solving Works for Parents

Our evidence-based approach developed at Massachusetts General Hospital is a big shift when it comes to understanding your child’s challenging behavior and what to do about it. Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) is proven to reduce challenging behavior, increase compliance, improve family relationships, and help your child build the skills they lack.

You’ll learn how to partner with your child to identify the triggers for their challenging behavior, and work together to produce a game plan for how to handle problems before they happen. Take the first step today to better understand and help your child, and become the parent you want to be.

Take a Collaborative Problem Solving Parent/Caregiver Class

Think:Kids invites parents, guardians, families, and caregivers to learn Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS), the evidence-based and trauma-informed approach for helping children develop the skills they need to manage their behavior. This supportive class teaches parents and caregivers how to reduce challenging behaviors by using the approach with their child.

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CPS Tools

  • CPS Assessment & Planning Tool (APT)

    The CPS-APT walks you through the steps of assessing unmet expectations/triggers, skills, and challenging behaviors, as well as planning your intervention.


    This completed version of a sample CPS-APT provides an example of what an APT with a child in at home may look like.

  • Plan B Organizer

    This tool helps you prepare for doing Plan B and stay on track with some helpful tips and reminders.

Books & Resources

Some resources are available in other languages, please contact us for more information.

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