It is normal for children to display a range of behaviours that can be challenging over the course of their development. While these behaviours often cannot always be classified into a diagnosable disorder, these behaviours can be difficult to manage. By seeking support and gaining a better understanding of your child’s behaviour you may be able to avoid bigger problems in the future.
Childhood development is complex and not all children will move at the same pace, but some of the most common reasons that a parent will contact us with concerns about their child’s behaviour include:
- Has sleep difficulties
- Experiences temper tantrums, meltdowns or swift changes in emotions
- Does not listen when spoken to
- Has trouble following Instructions
- Interrupts others
- Is disorganised
- Does not take responsibility for their actions
- Refuses to do things when asked
- Deliberately does things when asked not to
- Displays repetitive behaviours
- Has aggressive behaviours
- Engages in injurious behaviours
- Often fights with peers or siblings
- Argues or chats back to adults
- Engages in risk taking behaviour
During your first session we meet with you and your child to discuss your concerns. If we believe that your child may have a diagnosable disorder, we will suggest that they undertake a behavioural assessment. Following this we will carry out some observations of your child in their educational setting, at home and/or in our centre. We will then discuss our recommendations with you and develop a personalised support programme to help your child and your family.
Children’s behaviours have a purpose; children behave in particular ways to meet their underlying needs. The aim of a Behavioural Support Programme is to shift your child’s behaviour while ensuring their underlying needs are met. We teach you and your child skills that enable you to recognise your child’s behaviours, understand the reasons for their behaviours and provide them with the strategies to meet their underlying needs in alternative ways. This programme may also include your child’s educational setting and Family Support.
Book an initial meeting to discuss Behavioural Support for your child here.