If I don’t look…it’s not happening!

EvolveAs part of Evolve’s Training Days at Keighley this week, Gay Jones, Behavioural Therapist, explained Pause Button Therapy (PBT).  This approach uses a simple but effective, innovative device, which helps overcome poor eating habits, substance abuse, anger management and other issues.

The main aims of her session were that we:

  • Have an understanding of the theoretical underpinning of PBT;
  • Know how PBT can be used to support emotional, social and behavioural aspects of learning;
  • Be familiar with the principles of using the device with children, young people and adults;
  • Feel confident in using the tool immediately.

Gay showed the Evolve staff an entertaining video demonstrating the ‘Marshmallow Test’. Based on original research by Walter Mischel in the 1960s, we learned that only 30% of people can wait and 70% of people cannot do so; instant gratification wins out over deferred gratification for children as well as adults.  Over time, research found that the 30% who deferred did better academically, were more ‘in-tune and generally did better in life’.  This attitude of ‘I want it and I want it now’ applies itself to all aspects of modern life, including those related to our eating habits.  Graham Morgan, MD of Evolve, recognised that ‘we need to practice the skills of waiting’.

So what is Pause Button Therapy?PBT

In essence, PBT is a tactile mnemonic.

Why does it work?

Most people know how to use a remote control…it places responsibility in your own hands.  PBT takes behaviour out of your mind and into your hands.  Research shows it takes 21 days to create a habit that is the norm, but less if using the PBT ‘memory bands’.

The PBT mantra is ‘Pause, Think, Decide, Act’ with the process:

Creative Thinking Time – Exploring Consequences – Informing Choices

The benefits to the child, their family and their school are clear…

What pupils say:

  • I feel proud of myself;
  • I know I’m getting angry;
  • The teachers like me more;
  • I know I can be good;
  • I feel free.

 What parents say:

  • He’s thinking about his behaviour;
  • We talk more;
  • She’s a lot calmer;
  • Seems more mature;
  • I feel involved.

Bear in mind with any behaviour management tool there is always the ‘small print’:

  • You must want to use it;
  • Understand it’s not a miracle cure;
  • It is something that needs practice.

For further information, visit http://www.pausebuttontherapy.com/

Contact them at welcome@pbtherapy.com or call 08442 451172.

To access a case study, visit http://teachers.pausebuttontherapy.com

with the user name: ‘schools’ and the password: Cht111

As to PBT links to Evolve and Project HE:RO:

  • Health Mentors will be trained to use PBT with children and receive ongoing support;
  • Health Mentors will use PBT as a focus for some of their mentoring sessions;
  • Pupils will receive a PBT band and card for use in school and at home;
  • Schools will be provided with leaflets for staff, children and parents to explain the process;
  • Perception survey results and reports will be created and shared.

Unlike some of the children featured in the ‘Marshmallow Test’ video clip, the Evolve team are looking…they are looking into ways in which they can mentor children…and changes are happening.  Evolve recognise that ‘positive thinking helps us change… it builds on successes and allows us to learn from our setbacks’.

Bryn Llewellyn, 4th April 2012


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