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We held a Parenting Workshop for any Little Prints toddler and preschool parent who might have been asking “How do I guide my child through challenging behaviours?”

We all experience challenging behaviours with our children at some point, and as parents we want the best for them and their development, which is why we organized this workshop with Resource Consultants through Lumenus Community Service. Our aim was to help parents better understand what their children might be communicating through their behaviours, and help them gain strategies that will set their children up for success.

We received a lot of positive feedback about this parent workshop and interest in future workshops, therefore we will look into hosting more of these types of events in the future. If you’re interested in attending our next workshop, please talk to your centre manager.

Below is a small sample of the information and strategies our Little Prints parents gained from attending this in-person event.

Behaviour is a form of communication and it serves a function. In order to intervene appropriately, you need to know why your child is behaving that way, so you should determine what function the behaviour is addressing. There is often an underlying need behind the behaviours! 

4 Functions of Child Behaviour

  1. Escape a situation/task/person
    • the child is avoiding the situation, demand or task
  2. Attention
    • the child has intent to socially engage or get a reaction from another person
  3. Tangible Items
    • the child has an item/activity they want
  4. Automatic Reinforcement
    • the child has behaviours that they are internally reinforcing (ex: thumb sucking is a calming sensation meeting their need for relief).

What Affects Your Child’s Behaviour?

  1. Physical State
    • Is your child tired, hungry or thirsty?
  2. Emotional State
    • What is your child feeling? Are we expecting too much of them?
  3. Support System
    • Is your child around people they have good relationships with?
  4. Development
    • Does your child have a speech delay, hearing concern, etc? They may not be operating at the same development level as others their age.
  5. Environment
    • Is the room too hot or cold? Are they experiencing too much stimulation from the TV or music?

This is just a small sample of the knowledge that was provided during our Parent Workshop. We’d love to see you at our next one!