Challenging Behaviour is a pretty broad term and it describes behaviour that is challenging to parents, carers, teachers & other professionals.Challenging Behaviour includes tantrums, hitting, kicking, screaming, biting, stripping, throwing objects or self harm. In our october coffee meeting, we discussed understanding challenging behaviour, its types, triggers and how to manage them.
There is no single cause for challenging Behaviour but environment, discomfort and frustration are all common reasons. Children with some sort of disability (especially those without means of communication) choose to communicate their frustrations through showing these behaviours.
Few tips to help manage your child's Challenging behaviour include, - Work out common triggers - Find ways to help them express themselves e.g using Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) - Help them feel happy and spend time doing things they enjoy - Develop simple coping strategies to reduce anxiety e.g using a daily planner to explain all activities for the day in order of events - Stay alert and try to anticipate problems.
Living with challenging behaviour can be a stressful and exhausting time. Everyday activities such as going to school or park can become more complicated. As carers, we need to be as calm as possible to be able to deliver the help our kids need.
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