Children at all ages and needs display challenging behaviour. This includes children with ADHD, ODD and autism behaviour needs. Regardless of your child's needs, all behaviour can be brought down to communication and understanding. This begins when your child is born and continues into adulthood. Challenges in behaviour may be due to a breakdown in communication. This can be because of a misunderstanding between parent and child.
Children with ADHD, ODD and autism behaviour challenges may experience more barriers with understanding and communication. In this case, your child may display challenging behaviour because of their anxiety. It is important to remember that your child is a unique individual. Therefore, the triggers to their challenging behaviour will differ from that displayed by other children. This might include changes to routine or transitions. Challenges may also become apparent if your child is sensory seeking or sensory avoiding. In such cases there is greater potential for your child to become anxious and display challenging behaviour as a result.
In order to improve your child’s behaviour, it is necessary to have a clear understanding of your child and what triggers them. Your child’s behaviour can be supported by teaching them to manage changes. Teaching this will largely depend on the needs of your child. Every child is different. Therefore, your child’s ability to learn to manage behaviour will depend on how they best interpret information. If you have a child who benefits from visual information, teaching them positive behaviour and communication strategies would be best taught through visual methods. If you have a child with ADHD, ODD or autism behaviour modelling could be of benefit to them. This is when you model or scaffold the desired behaviour. Doing this gradually and in chunks will help them to regulate their own behaviour.
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