Sharing this great post from Michelle Sutton Writes
In my article “Behaviour Management” I said,
“There is a different way to support change in a child’s behaviour than imposing our own will over theirs. It begins with letting go of the temptation to manage behaviours, and replace it with the goal of meeting needs.“
I talked briefly about the idea that when any person’s needs for autonomy, understanding, respect of their communication style, and feelings of being safe and valued are not met that it is normal to find the person engaging in challenging behaviours in order to communicate their distress. I also discussed briefly the impact of having needs ignored on the child and the lessons they learn from forced or coerced compliance.
- Change the environment to meet the child’s unique sensory needs
- Support the child’s unique communication style
- Do not punish or impose consequences
- Offer alternatives
- Slow down, calm down, look after yourself
Check out the full article at: 5 ways to meet neurodivergent children’s needs without using behaviour modification strategies.