This Tuesday (January 24) don’t miss Lifetime’s newest series, America’s Supernanny, starring childcare expert Deborah Tillman. This episode features the Edwards family-of-five. Dad’s disability has left mom to fend for herself against a very violent child. Eight-year-old Austyn has ADHD and his violent behavior has the entire family living in fear. Younger brother Brandon, 7, acts like a baby and Aryel, 12, acts years beyond her age.
The Virginia-based wife, mother and author, who boasts more than 19 years experience in early childhood education opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about working with the Edwards family.
CBS: Tell us about working with the Edwards family. Duke’s disability has left Mary to fend for herself against a very violent child. Eight-year-old Austyn has ADHD and his violent behavior has the entire family living in fear. Younger brother Brandon, 7, acts like a baby and Aryel, 12, acts years beyond her age. Where did you start with the Edwards? How did you help this family?
DT: “The first thing I needed to do was to get Duke and Mary to understand that Austyn’s negative behavior was not always a result of his ADHD. When Austyn’s inappropriate behavior could be “controlled” it was not impulsive ADHD behavior.
Second, soda is not good for any child but particularly for a child with ADHD. He would benefit more from healthy, well balanced meals.
So I gave the family a visual and showed them how much sugar the children consumed by drinking so much soda. I showed the family that 53 teaspoons of sugar was in each bottles that they were drinking from and then we all poured it out.
With the sugar out of the house I put HOUSE RULES and DISCIPLINE in place: CDC for the boys, Lose what you Like for Aryel
Austin was a challenge for Mary in the CDC – but working with her in the Calm down corner gave me the opportunity to show her how Austyn was strategizing and could control his behavior
With discipline in place it was time to get the boys to do things for themselves so I put in place the self reliance technique. The boys were eager to try and did a wonderful job doing things for themselves.
With the boys on the right track, I had to help Aryel realize that beauty was on the inside of her and it was not the makeup that she masked her face with that made her look pretty.
I implemented The FACE TO FACE TECHNIQUE which helped Aryel realize that she was beautiful without makeup. In fact we all took off our makeup and let our natural beauty shine through.
Although Austyn had made great strides showing improvement during the week, I needed to give him a huge wake up call so I called in Lt Knight.
The age appropriate technique scared Austyn but was also a positive life lesson because Lt Knight was really there to let Austyn know he was happy to know that Austyn was trying to be a good citizen.
Overall, the Edwards family showed a lot of progress. Mom no longer plays the victim dad still needs to toughen up and stop being Mr. Nice Guy.
Austyn will continue to do better as long as his parents are consistent.
Aryel has a loving home, but she needs help breaking through the wall until she’s built up. As long as the parents continue to adjust by taking control back, the more they’ll see great strides and improvement in their family.”