The Helping Exchange: P.E.A.R.L.

This behaviorally-oriented rehabilitation manual provides a down-to-earth, easy to implement model that is designed to teach, strengthen, and evaluate desired skills in human service interactions.


This behaviorally-oriented rehabilitation manual provides a down-to-earth, easy to implement model that is designed to teach, strengthen, and evaluate desired skills in human service interactions.

Use of the 5-component PEARL interactional model can provide the foundation for everything else we do in the name of helping others. This no-nonsense approach helps with identifying desired interactional skills, creating clear expectations around their use, and evaluating whether or not caregivers are practicing what they preach.

The Helping Exchange is based on the following principles...
Positive- defines and invites positive interactions.
Early- stresses importance of interacting early by providing help or problem solving and not waiting until a risky situation develops.
All- shows how to use all components with all people in all settings all of the time.
Reinforce- shows how to interact in ways that acknowledge more independent behavior and encourage future use of the behavior.
Look- identifies opportunities to teach and encourages greater participation in the community.

Examples illustrate how to apply the P.E.A.R.L. to clients with behavioral, emotional and cognitive disorders. A score sheet provides a rating scale to observe interactions and rate performance.