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B E H A V I O R  D I S O R D E R S

Major Concern #1


Children will behave aggressively towards others.




Teaching children that physical activity and play are an opportunity to enjoy the company of others is important. Avoiding competitive play or situations where only one winner exists is important. Having games where the goal is to work cooperatively helps kids understand team goals. The parachute suggestion earlier in the Attention Deficit section is relevant here too. Also keep in mind that children behave in challenging ways as a means of trying to fulfill their own needs. Learn the concept of Functional Behavior Assessment and use this technique to find out what is causing the poor behavior. It may be that the playground where your child is hitting is too stimulating or scary to your child. Children with not learn to play with others unless they practice, however, early on parents need to try and problem in situations where children act out. For more on functional behavior assessment see the resource page.


Major Concern #2


Children will act inappropriately and embarrass me as a parent if I take them to the pool or the playground.




Get used to it. Even children without severe behavior problems act out and refuse to listen to their parents in public. It is wise to consider that unless children get out in physical activity settings and see other kids playing, they will not learn appropriate behavior. Set goals for outings where the child is rewarded for small successes. Gage success for your child by improvement, rather than the child conforming to some ideal standard. Know ahead of time what you will do if the child refuses to follow your directions. Plan ahead so you are not caught off guard. If your child has trouble leaving the playground, then work on shortening the transition time. It is better to get behavior under control when children are young and more manageable than to avoid situations all together. In the end, all children have to learn basic behaviors. Rewarding appropriate behavior insures that it will be repeated.