As any parent will tell you, it is normal to encounter difficulties with children's behaviour during their development.  Often families find ways of dealing with these difficulties and children develop new skills and grow out of problems.  Sometimes this does not occur and children and families are faced with ongoing problems.

What are some common causes of behaviour problems in children?

  • Development (such as unclear speech/slow language development or motor skill and movement problems)
  • Family routine (may not suit the needs of the child)
  • Stress (due to separated or blended family)

Treatment of behaviour problems: Behaviour management

We provide a service that helps parents better manage their child's behaviour.  By working with parents and the child, we firstly consider where the problem may be arising from.  We then ask the parents to monitor any problematic patterns in behaviour and when these occur.

Once we understand this we can work with parents to change what is happening.  Research shows that using positive ways (such as praising and rewarding children for behaving as asked - for example, play with a parent, or trip to the park) rather than continue to make changes to the plan as required.

The aim is always to involve as many family members as possible to work as a team in order to solve the problem.  Sometimes this includes talking with the school and trying to keep things consistent at home and at school.  We aim to give families skills for future difficulties so they can develop their own plans to deal with problem behaviours.

How long is treatment for behaviour problems in children?

The number of sessions required ranges depending on the complexity of the problem, and can be from 3 to 10 or more sessions if required.