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Children’s challenging behaviour can often be related to their social and emotional competence, and it can be very important to address this for the benefit of all children in an early childhood setting, not least the child with challenging behaviour, who is likely to struggle with learning, friendships, and wellbeing as a result of the behaviour. Supporting children through challenging behaviours is a process that takes high levels of reflection, intentionality, and time, but it is also a process that builds on all the learning you have encountered thus far on this course.
Our aims for this part are:
- To learn about the reasons for challenging behaviour and develop awareness of strategies to reduce challenging behaviour
- To examine processes for implementing individualised behavioural supports for children with challenging behaviours
- To inquire into and reflect on the challenging behaviours that occur in your own context
This will involve:
- Reading about centre-wide processes and strategies for supporting children with challenging behaviour
- Reflecting on the challenging behaviours you observe in your own setting
- Watching an interview with psychologist Alexandra Winlove, in which she discusses challenging behaviours and how teachers might respond
- Reading about planning and implementing specific, targeted supports for individual children with challenging behaviour
- Reflecting on your own emotions in the context of challenging behaviour
- Inquiring into the challenging behaviour occurring in your own setting
There is a range of resources on managing challenging behaviour in our further reading section, and you can use the online forum to discuss what you have in place in your early childhood setting to support children with challenging behaviour.