Lewis & Clark 2004

Discuss Lewis & Clark 2004

Ensuring problem behaviors are kept to a minimum

Most providers for child care in Pimpama will encounter children that are prone to outburst, such a scenario may make the caregiver desperate to find ways to stop this kind of behavior or reduce the intensity to stop it from affecting other children. Such behaviors despite being annoying they are disruptive in any learning environment and if not handled properly can b e a danger to the other children present in the care centre.

In childcare in Ormeau there are strategies to counter outburst among children in such settings, if the child is not doing something dangerous to themselves or to others, one can ignore. Most of these outbursts are means to get attention and this includes negative attention. Talking about what the child is doing may reinforce the behavior. When ignoring kindly note the persistence of the behavior so as to have a different approach if this does not work. 

Learning environments can be tricky to a child at all times and a kindergarten is one such place. If the child is acting out physically or verbally it is important to redirect them to something more appropriate. Instead of focusing on the poor behavior it is important to try and focus on what they are required to do. The child may not know how to ask for help or express feelings of frustration appropriately. By lowering the demand you are helping the child with a different option all together.

Children with sensory processing disorder have problems in any new environment and adjusting may take some time. If the setting is too loud, too bright or too noisy it will disorient the child and they may be fussy and act out. Consider carrying soothing music and a pair of headphones to calm the child in such disorienting environment or distract them. At times it is often best if one can just move to a slightly quieter location.

It is important for a child to learn to self-regulate and calm down before behaviors escalate to dangerous levels. Teaching them to take deep breaths is important, this will greatly help if the child want to get violent with another child. The child should learn to breathe deeply or learn how to count to ten while folding their arms so as to maintain calmness in case they were thinking of hitting another child.

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