Behavior modification is a treatment approach, based on the principles of operant conditioning, that replaces undesirable Behavior with more desirable ones through positive or negative reinforcement. It is used to treat a variety of problems in children such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), phobias, enuresis (bed-wetting), generalized anxiety disorder, and separation anxiety disorder
“Misbehavior is a form of communication”
WHY DO CHILDREN MISBEHAVE?
- Children (and some adults ) engage in misbehaviors to communicate that they want or don’t want something.
- It becomes a form of communication because it “works” for them. That is, after they engage in it they get what they want or get away from something they don’t want.
HOW TO REVERSE IT ?
- Teach other ways of communication that are more appropriate and functional.
- Don’t allow the individual to obtain what they want when they misbehave.
A child that misbehaves is trying to communicate that they have an unmet need. In order for the parents to determine what that need is, they can look for clues that might tell them how the child is feeling. When parents or caretakers figure out what is the concern or need, they can then follow to assist the child to take care of themselves.
- DON’T TAKE IT PERSONALLY. IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU.
- THE BEHAVIORS ARE CHALLENGING. THE CHILD IS NOT.
- DE-ESCALATE FIRST. SOLVE PROBLEM LATER
- SOMETIMES WE MIGHT NOT SEE OR UNDERSTAND IT, BUT THERE’S ALWAYS A REASON.
- HAVE EMPATHY. JUST IMAGINE WHAT THE CHILD IS GOING THROUGH.