Friends of Foster care<br />Responding to Challenging Behaviours<br />This  presentation has been adapted from “Shared Sto...
Understanding Challenging Behaviour<br />
Behaviours that can be difficult to deal with:<br /><ul><li> Withdraw or cry easily
 Be easily exhausted or vey excited
 Try to control people
 Cling to everyone and anyone
 Be destructive or aggressive
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Managing challenging behaviours

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Managing challenging behaviours

  1. 1. Friends of Foster care<br />Responding to Challenging Behaviours<br />This presentation has been adapted from “Shared Stories, Shared Lives: A course for foster parents and potential foster parents.“(Dept. Human Services 2006)<br />
  2. 2. Understanding Challenging Behaviour<br />
  3. 3. Behaviours that can be difficult to deal with:<br /><ul><li> Withdraw or cry easily
  4. 4. Be easily exhausted or vey excited
  5. 5. Try to control people
  6. 6. Cling to everyone and anyone
  7. 7. Be destructive or aggressive
  8. 8. Be self-destructive
  9. 9. Be a loner
  10. 10. Feel powerless or worthless
  11. 11. Resent all rules be generally argumentative
  12. 12. Be scared of authority
  13. 13. Be unwilling to share
  14. 14. Insist that everything be perfect
  15. 15. Be very afraid
  16. 16. Distort reality
  17. 17. Take a hoard food even when there’s plenty available
  18. 18. Find it difficult to show affection
  19. 19. Have problems relating to children their own age</li></ul>Adapted from Barnados’ Foster carers training kit.<br />
  20. 20. Managing Challenging Behaviour<br />
  21. 21. When managing behaviour DON’T<br />Use physical punishment. This teaches the child or young person to control through force and to deal with his or her anger by resorting to hitting others<br />Make derogatory remarks about the child or young person, his or her parents, relatives and cultural heritage or religion<br />Make threats about the security or length of placement<br />Withhold food or meals<br />Deny visits to parents, siblings and relatives<br />Be verbally abusive<br />Use public humiliation<br />Participate in activities designed to humiliate a child or young person, to place the child or young person in an unsafe environment, or produce terror or fear.<br />Lock the child or young person in their room<br />Use force or threats to elicit ‘good’ behaviour.<br />
  22. 22. Ways to help children and young people to change their behaviour<br /><ul><li>Listen to the child or young person
  23. 23. Be consistent
  24. 24. Praise
  25. 25. Use “time in’s”
  26. 26. Have realistic, age-appropriate goals and expectations
  27. 27. Help older children and young people to articulate what they want and how it might be achieved.</li></ul>What other strategies can you think of? Add them to the discussion forum.<br />
  28. 28. When a carer feels pushed too far...<br />What sorts of behaviours from children or young people pushes your buttons?<br />Why does this behaviour annoy or upset you?<br />How will you respond to behaviour that really challenges you?<br />What can assist you in making an appropriate response?<br />Respond to these questions in the discussion forum.<br />

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