How to be a Detective

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: How do you Problem Solve?

Meet Avital. She loves basketball, instagramming everything, and hanging out with her friends. She’s really fun to be with and has such a positive outlook on life. But there’s also another side to Avital, when she gets really angry, or screams and yells, and even bites and kicks. It makes you want to scratch your head and say, “Wow, something must really be bothering her. That’s not the Avital I know. I need to figure this out.”

What questions should I be asking to solve the mystery of Avital’s challenging behavior?
Is it something sensory, like a rock stuck in her shoe or the room is too noisy?
Is it related to medications? (Not Spoken: took her meds, didn’t take her meds)
Is it social? You know, someone said something mean, or there were just are too many people around for Avital to easily integrate in what was going on?  

Or, is it something else? Like, Avital didn’t eat her breakfast, or had an argument before she walked through your door.

And don’t forget to look for patterns of behavior – happy and challenging, that’s what makes up Avital – and when they tend to happen.  

At Shutaf Inclusion Programs we see the whole Avital. We also reach out to Avital’s support systems: parents, teachers, therapist, a coach…you get the picture, a lot of people care about Avital! We want to meet Avital’s changing needs so she can be successful. Avital and her success matters.

So how do we do it?

Get to know Avital and the people around her.
Recognize her patterns of behavior.

Kids leave clues!
And stay focused on Avital.

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Avital’s success is your satisfaction.

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Challenging Behaviors – 5 Quick Tips

How to be a detective when problem solving behavioral issues?

  1. Recognize behaviors that are learned and reinforced over a lifetime of experience, no matter how young a child.
  2. Always see the child and not the behavior problem.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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