What is behavior anyway?
Behaviors, which are learned and reinforced from our earliest years of life, are essential building blocks of how we learn to respond to anything and everything in life. Learned behaviors can be challenging behaviors – uncontrolled or even scary – often stemming from a person’s sensory, physical, emotional or environmental response. “I couldn’t stop myself,” the child says, reacting because of a physical discomfort that they haven’t yet understood or can’t yet learn to control.
CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS – 5 QUICK TIPS
How to be a detective when problem solving behavioral issues?
- Recognize behaviors that are learned and reinforced over a lifetime of experience, no matter how young a child.
- Always see the child and not the behavior problem.
- Research the child’s day – where the go and what they experience – in order to understand what situations create responses that are hard to control.
- Speak to those who know and work with the child – find out what they know as part of understanding the triggers and his/her daily experiences.
- Develop and practice consistency and stability – emotional and physical – so that you can absorb the energy of someone’s challenging behavior and let it out safely.