Behaviour can present in so many different ways. Within this blog we share more about behaviour and how to start helping your Autistic child.
Behaviour can present in many different ways, including "Meltdowns" with a screaming child, kicking, hitting out, running away or hiding.
With a typical "traditional parenting" response, we may see a child being "told off" "punished" "items removed" for the behaviours continuing, a child being "sent to their room" if at home. The list can go on!
Behaviour "Meltdowns" can trigger parents to respond in a certain way, due to:
Typical, "Traditional parenting" responses "don't" work with our Autistic or Neurodiverse children, because the behaviour, the "Meltdown" is a symptom of an unmet need. Beneath every behaviour there is a feeling. Beneath every feeling there is a need. Behaviour is our childrens way of communicating a stress response, and unmet need.
Where do we start with helping your Autistic child with "Meltdowns"?
"Autism Acceptance Week" and "World Autism Day", are great times to learn a little more about behaviour and understand "why" behaviours occur.
When we, as parents know "why" behaviours occur, as a parent we can understand that a child has an unmet need and adjust parental responses from "a child is performing the behaviour on purpose and being dis respectful" to "supporting" a child and helping them through the difficulties they may be experiencing, and meeting the unmet need.
Helping your Autistic child with "Meltdowns", starts with understanding behaviour.
Many Autistic children prefer repetition, sameness and routines of implementing activities, hobbies, mealtimes and bedtimes as a way of regulating, understanding feelings, emotions and providing comfort in everyday life.
Overwhelm can occur, either internally within the body or externally outside of the body, with changes in routines, increased demands or expectations and more. During overwhelming feelings, children may not be feeling safe within their body or their environment. Many Autistic children can struggle to communicate or even understand the difficulties they are experiencing.
Children need the support and understanding from an adult or parent to mirror "their" responses, and work together, in regulating emotions and feelings.
Do you know where to start in understanding behaviour and working together with your child to regulate their feelings and emotions?
Family life is often busy. It can be difficult to fit in, daily routines with different family members, clubs, events, nursery, school, college, and work. Thinking about how you may be feeling can be seen as "another thing to do".
However, you are important, we can start by thinking about:
What do you do at the moment for "yourself"?
3. Joining us for a LIVE, low cost session and an opportunity to ask any questions you may have: Understanding Behaviour LIVE session. Understanding Behaviour shares how the brain, body reacts and shares helpful tips that can be implemented straight away to help your child and family.
4. For a one to one, individual approach, support is available through a Parenting Support Package. Contact us, via the website to arrange your one to one support approach: www.clearstepsconsultancy.co.uk
How can Clear Steps Consultancy help you further with Behaviour?
Charmaine, at Clear Steps Consultancy supports children with and without a diagnosis, additional needs, their families, schools, organisations, charities and professionals in progressing and being successful with Toileting, Sleeping and Understanding Behaviour. Support available to help with Behaviour, is as individual as the children, families and schools themselves, from online support to one to one Parenting Support Packages to Comprehensive assessments.
Charmaine, helps children progress with behaviour, through the FREE Download Understanding Behaviour, LIVE Family Support & Information Sessions, Parenting Support Packages, Comprehensive Behaviour Assessment Packages and within the Autism Before & After Diagnosis Webinar: Webinar link visit our website www.clearstepsconsultancy.co.uk to find out more
Help and support really is available!
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