Dealing With Difficult Behavior In Children
Every child will experience impulsive, defiant or disobedient behavior at some point in their lives. While most of these behaviors are normal, abnormal behavior can disrupt a child’s daily functioning and should address by professionals. Positive behaviors can encourage by parents using evidence-based strategies.
What is the difference between normal behavior and abnormal behavior? Nearly seven percent of Australians between the ages of four and 17 years old experience disruptive behavior. It is a significant occurrence in nature that persists over time, and it tends to mismatch their developmental stage.
If the behavior is affecting the child’s school functioning or with friends and family, and causing the child distress, these are signs it is more serious. These signs indicate that the behavior needs to be investigate further and should be address by a professional as soon as possible.
Given the wide range of behavior consider normal at this age, there is some disagreement over whether or not preschool-aged children should be diagnose. Most disorders are diagnose in school-aged children between 10-14 years.
Parents Behavior Need To Know
It can be difficult to know where to begin when you are seeking help for persistent and severe disruptive behavior. Avoid Dr. Avoid websites that claim to offer symptom checks, such as Google. They can lead to alarmist results.
To be inform about the different behavioral disorders, you should read and research them. However, it is important to only use reliable sources. These include Beyond blue, Reach out, Headspace and Mind Matters.
Some of the resources that teacher educators can refer to are useful, like Response Ability which offers fact sheets and podcasts about various behavioural disorders.
After reading the information, if you are still worry, a visit with your GP can be a good place to start. If necessary, the GP will conduct an initial assessment and refer you to another professional.
Referring to a GP is require for access to specialist such as psychiatrists or paediatricians. Although a referral is not necessary to see a psychologist it’s advisable to first visit your GP to determine if this is require. A GP may also recommend a highly recommended person.
The Dangers Of Punishment
Meltdowns, defiance, or even being ignored are all normal. They’re most likely just acting their age. Most children are not likely to display disruptive behavior. It is possible to stop difficult behavior with some effective, evidence-based strategies.
Research has shown that positive strategies are more effective than punishment and coercion in dealing with difficult behavior. While you may notice an immediate response to punishment, it only temporarily stops the behavior. It’s possible that the behavior will recur in the future.
Consider what happens when you pass a speed camera. What does the majority of people do? Temporally they slow down but then speed up once they pass the camera.
There are unintended consequences to punishment, including the possibility of causing damage to relationships. It can cause rebellion, reduce autonomy, and decrease problem-solving abilities.
Strategies That Improve Behavior
Positive behavioural strategies can not only reduce unwanted behavior but also promote positive social behaviours and strengthen relationships. Depending on the preferences of the child, some strategies may be more effective than others. You can try several strategies. If one strategy doesn’t work for you, move on to the next. You can try another strategy. These strategies are effective
To indicate disapproval, first use eye contact or facial expressions. Next, remind them about the behavior you want to encourage. Ask them, for example, What should you be doing? You can move closer to your child and speak calmly, matter-of-factly. Or you might try whispering.
Give options and redirect behaviour. Ask older children what they would prefer to do. Give constrained choices to younger children. You can ask your child to either put the lollies in the bag again or give them all to me.