Do you need help with your child’s behaviour? – You are not alone. There are many reasons disabled children exhibit behaviour that challenges, and there are often complex reasons behind a child's behaviour – it is rarely anyone's 'fault'. Parents can feel under a lot of pressure to solve behaviour problems, and are naturally very worried about the best approach to take.
What is helpful to know is that all behaviours are a form of communication, and if you can work out what your child is trying to tell you through their behaviour, then you can look for ways to prevent them becoming distressed, as well as help them find other, more acceptable ways to communicate their needs.
Contact A Family have updated its guide for parents, Understanding your child's behaviour, looks at:
· Why children behave in different ways.
· How to set the scene for good behaviour, recognising triggers and finding strategies
· Managing specific issues like tantrums or biting
· Looking after yourself – people and organisations who can support you and your family.
· Puberty and the teenage years, plus much more.
Parents can contact the Freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555, email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a free copy of the latest edition. Or you can download Understanding your child's behaviour free on their website.
Other guides for parents in the series on behaviour issues, available from their helpline or to download, include: Helping your child's sleep Potty/toilet training, Feeding and eating, Dealing with bullying.