Behaviour - what does it mean?
It is tricky to work out what exactly behaviour means, but simply put it is the actions we do everyday. Everything we do is a "behaviour".
Sometimes parents and professionals talk about children having "challenging behaviour".
Challenging behaviour can be viewed as two main functions: to ACCESS something or to AVOID something. Often we just don't know what the child is trying to communicate, and this can perpetuate the behaviour. It is our job as allied health professionals and educators to help unpack, understand and listen to families in relation to their child's' behaviour.
Psychology and OT are great places to start, but there are also some great resources to be aware of.
Information on Behaviour is listed below.
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Whole Body Listening
These books help students develop a better concept of holistic listening, or Whole Body Listening. Whole Body Listening is more than just “hearing” with the ears. It includes:
Listening with the eyes, Listening with the mouth, Listening with the body, Listening with the hands, Listening with the feet (standing still or quietly on the floor), Listening with the brain (thinking about what the speaker is saying), and Listening with the heart (caring about what the speaker is saying).
Behaviour Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom
This book is a tool for teachers who have a student or students in their classroom whose behaviours are impeding their learning. If they see a particular behaviour, they can quickly look up an in-the-moment solution, and then read more about what could be causing that behaviour. A must-have for every inclusive classroom!
Its a Jungle
CBT in Action
No More Meltdowns
This book offers parents and teachers strategies for preventing and managing meltdowns. It’s an easy-to-follow, 4-step model that supports everyday relationships with the children in your life: 1) Managing your own emotions by adjusting your expectations, 2) Learning strategies to calm a meltdown in the moment, 3) Understanding why a meltdown occurs, and 4) Creating plans to prevent future meltdowns.
A Work in Progress
This book is based on the ABA model, and provides strategies for improving behaviours of children with Autism. The first half of the book gives parents practical, how-to information on setting up an ABA program and dealing with difficult behaviours. The second part of the book is a detailed curriculum.
Australian Childhood Foundation
Childs Work Childs Play
Raising Childrens Network