Our approach is to promote a dialogue with the child and family to encourage a calm and caring home environment.
Children and young people with brain injury or neurodevelopmental disorders often show difficult behaviours such as outbursts, aggression and disinhibition.
Supporting research and a rationale for our approach to behaviour management can be found in our publication.
Regular advice is given to parents, the child and other adults involved in supporting the programme. In addition, the behaviours are monitored and amendments are made to the programme based on feedback from daily monitoring.
Behaviour management may also include modifications to the environment, so that the triggers to the behaviours are less likely to occur. This is a helpful approach for children whose brain injury make it very difficult for them to monitor, regulate or change their behavioural response to situations.
Supporting the development of emotional and behavioural regulation
After suffering brain injury many young people struggle to regulate their behaviour and emotions. We work with the child and with the adults around them to routinely practice and use strategies that help the young person to manage their behaviour and emotions in different situations.
We decide which strategies to use by:
- Looking at the child’s development
- Understanding the effect of their neuropsychological difficulties on everyday functioning at home and at school
- Talking to the child and their family about what’s important to them and where they would like to see change and progress