Behaviour Management Interventon
Many parents and carers experience some concerns about their children and at times look outside of their family for extra advice or suggestions. Delivered by psychologists our behaviour management intervention service is designed to help you identify solutions to behavioural difficulties either through consultations with our psychologists or ongoing intervention sessions.
Attending a consultation
A consultation lasts up to one hour where the issues can be explored in a safe environment. During the consultation one or more psychological assessments may be delivered to enable the psychologist to form a comprehensive understanding of the child and the associated difficulties. In some circumstances the consultation may last longer than 90 minutes.
Following your consultation
Following your consultation you will be presented with a psychological formulation. You will receive a clear understanding of how psychologically any identified difficulties have developed, what is maintaining them and what needs to happen for the situation to improve.
Tips for managing behavioural problems
Behavioural problems can be a child’s way of expressing anxieties, uncertainties and insecurities that he or she is feeling. A child’s behaviour can sometimes be his or her only way of having some control in an otherwise stressful environment.
Here are a few ideas about how you can help your child with his or her feelings:
- Listen carefully to what your child is telling you and accept their feelings even if they are strong feelings such as anger or sadness.
- Respect your child as you would another adult.
- Involve them in decisions, especially if issues affect them, and listen to their point of view.
- Love is a very important need for all children. Love builds a child’s confidence and makes them feel good about themselves, so give lots of hugs and praise.
- Praise and encourage your child and avoid criticism. Make it clear that it is the behaviour that you don’t like not them.
- Set routines. Children often feel more secure if there is a clear pattern to their day. They often feel happier with regular meal times and bed times.
- Limits are set even in the most loving relationships. Part of being a parent is creating boundaries.
- It is natural and normal for children to test these boundaries as a way of learning what is acceptable.
- Children feel more secure if you stick to the limits you have set, even if they complain at the time.
- Don’t forget your own needs. If it all feels like too much hard work, and if your patience is not up to it, take some time out for yourself and do something that makes you feel good.