Difficult Behaviour can vary in both intensity and how it presents. Examples of difficult behaviours you may have seen could include frustration, opposition, refusal , kicking, hitting or tantrums. There is no definitive list.
The focus of our behaviour support is to offer guidance to make home life a little easier. Our approach to managing behaviour problems is research driven and effective. Our starting point is always to learn about your child and understand why the behaviour is happening. To do this we follow a four step process:
1. We first begin by meeting you and your child. During this time, we aim to gain as much information about the behaviour including what it looks like, when and where it is more likely to happen, and what happens before and after the behaviour. We do this to identify why the behaviour is happening. We believe that behaviour difficulties are communication and happen for a reason and there is no such thing as a ‘bold child’.
2. As well as this, we spend time getting to know your child and getting as much information as possible including your child’s likes and dislikes, their day to day routine, their skills and challenges and becoming familiar with their day-to-day life.
3. After gathering all of the information, we will be able to understand why the behaviours are happening and give strategies which we feel will work well for your child and family. This plan is therefore specific to the behaviours that you are seeing.
4. Once this is done, we will meet again to discuss the plan, make any necessary changes and support you and your child with its implementation. This will include a demonstration of strategies from the plan to ensure you feel comfortable and confident implementing these.
Follow up sessions will be arranged to adjust the plan and to ensure the continuation of progress. These sessions may take the form of 1:1 sessions with your child or parent coaching sessions. This is dependent on the needs of your child and family. As the behaviour reduces and new skills are learned, these sessions will be reduced.
Oftentimes, if there are behavioural problems at home, this may also be happening in school. We therefore provide school support to ensure that your child’s needs are being met in each environment and that there is consistency across their day.
Our approach to school support is similar to home support and we can arrange to meet with your child’s teacher as they will have important and invaluable information as to what happens across the day. We will also arrange a school visit and make appropriate recommendations for your child. Check in’s and follow up visits will be arranged as needed.