The did you knows of challenging behaviour.
Challenging behaviour can be confusing, sometimes triggers are not obvious, sometimes you don’t know how to manage them correctly and sometimes it is overwhelming for everyone in the home.
Let’s be honest, managing challenging behaviour is tough! It is emotionally draining for the child, for the parents and for anyone else who is involved in the situation.
When the triggers are not obvious it is even more challenging for the parent as many parents from experience feel helpless and often blame themselves. Sometimes you feel like you have done all the strategies possible, yet nothing seems to be helping.
Let me explain a few things:
All challenging behaviour is a form of communication
This is particularly evident for individuals who have poor expressive communication skills or a limited repertoire of behaviours. They have no other strategy to use apart from behaviour to communicate their needs.
Sometimes they have other strategies but they have learnt that inappropriate ways of communicating their needs/wants can be quicker and more reliable response from other people than appropriate methods.
Why do you not know the cause?
Although there are many reasons why challenging behaviour occurs, there are 4 common overall categories which a behaviour can fall under.
Function, Function, Function!
To understand and manage it, is important to differentiate and formulate the function of the behaviour in order to target the behaviour correctly. Once we understand or hypothesize the function we can develop strategies to implement.
Also did you know: There are 4 phases someone experiences within a challenging behaviour cycle. It is critical to understand the 4 phases in order to fully support the child in a pro-active way rather than a re-active way. When we are re-active us adults often become dysregulated ourselves!
If you would like further support in understanding your child’s challenging behaviour please visit out website at www.therapeeze.com and join our next Live webinar series called ‘Differentiate and Formulate’ or alternatively we have a lot of online strategies and resources for you to integrate in our membership scheme, so join now!
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