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Behaviour

All children show us how they are feeling by how they behave. The reasons might be more obvious at some times than others. It is affected by age, understanding, experiences and personality. Some children will have additional needs that means their behaviour is sometimes a challenge for those around them.

Behaviour is a way of communication. It can take time to work out what children are trying to tell us. Changes in behaviour might be because of;

  • Change or family difficulties such as starting school or parental conflict.
  • A need for more boundaries, routines or activity in day to day life.
  • How they deal with information from their senses – finding some noises, smells or situations ‘too much’.

It is common for people to worry that behaviour is caused by a condition or diagnosis. But it is always important to look out for more common causes for their behaviour such as worries, frustration, tiredness, hunger or pain.

Children with additional needs that experience some behaviour difficulties, will still benefit from being responded to in a calm kind way and from routines and boundaries alongside any extra help they might need.

Understanding Behaviour

Children and young people’s brains are continually developing the ability to control their emotions. This takes time. Remind yourself that the brain continues to grow and change until the mid 20s. This can help you to understand the behaviour that you see in your child. 

Click the button below to find out more about understanding your child's behaviour and see lots of tips.

Understanding Behaviour

Behaviour Troubleshooting

Sometimes children's behaviour can really challenge us as adults; it is not easy.

Click the button below for tips and advice about how to manage behaviours like hitting, kicking, biting, sharing and friendship struggles.

Behaviour Troubleshooting

Who Can Help?

Remember all children are different but if you are worried speak to your child's preschool setting or school, they will be happy to talk to you about how best to support your child. If you are still worried, contact Just One Number to talk to a health professional for advice and support.

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.

Alternatively you can go to see your GP to discuss concerns.

To speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum below.

                 

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