Structuring the Environment
Where you choose to talk, sitting or standing, who we sit next to. Can be used to set warm tone, or a authoritative tone.
Ingnoring harmless, attention seeking behavior withholds the reinforcement a child gets from our attention. Praise for a child for appropriate behavior.
Signalling a child to begin a behavior or stop an inappropriate behavior can be done verbally (statement) or non-verbally (a look or glance).
Affection helps increase self-esteem. When behavior is coming from insecurity, frustration, fear, or anger, a simple “shot” of affection or caring may be all it takes to change a behavior.
When we know that a child is not able to begin or complete a task without some assistance, we can provide the assistance to get over the first hurdle.
Moving to and standing near a youth that is acting out can create a calming affect and extinguish a negative behavior.
Making eye contact with an acting out youth or a simple head shake will sometimes change or stop a behavior. A nod or a smile will also reinforce a positive behavior.
Redirecting a child or group or changing an activity a little may be enough to change behavior. Diverting the child’s behavior and energy can de-escalate a situation.
As negative behavior escalates, rational decision making decreases. Directive statements tell a child in specific terms what is expected.
Requiring children to go to a quiet, nutruel area when upset and over-stimulated can help calm them down.