The Nurtured Heart Approach® (NHA) is more than just a parenting model or behaviour management strategy. It is a philosophy for creating healthy relationships and recognizing that everyone has inherent greatness. We are not merely applying the Approach as an intervention, we are reflecting the greatness that is at the core of every child’s being. When we recognize the child’s strengths and focus on positive, everyday occurrences, rather than energizing negativity, we are creating an environment in which children can thrive.
Originally created by Howard Glasser in 1992, NHA is being successfully implemented through families, classrooms, foster care givers, health care professionals, social workers, and criminal justice organizations that are seeking successful, early intervention techniques.
The Approach consists of a set of strategies, the Three Stands, that has been found effective with children of all ages (as well as adults). Children learn to understand that they will receive endless amounts of praise, energy, recognition, and rewarding relationship through the positive behavior they display, and this supports children to build a positive portfolio of themselves, which we call “inner wealth.”