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Helpful Hints

Behavior support is a great tool to help parents with behavior management. Is Your Child's Behavior a Problem at home or school? If so, you're not alone. A teacher or counselor can help with your child's specific behavior problems. Some students with learning disabilities or ADHD need a behavior modification plan in their IEPs, but many behaviors can be minimized by controlling your response them. With these tips, you can decrease behavior problems using redirection. The goal of redirection is to teach the student to monitor and correct his own behavior


 

1. Ensure the Child Understands Why Her Behavior is a Problem

While it may seem a child should "know better," talking about behavior is an important first step in behavior management. Some students do not think about their behavior or anticipate consequences when they have impulse control problems and difficulty picking up on social expectations. Describe problem behavior in a firm but non-confrontational tone. Some students respond better to a whispered reminder than a loud voice. Explain the behavior in specific terms the student will understand, and state why it is a problem.

Do Say:Throwing the baseball in the house can hurt someone.

Don't Say:Stop rough-housing.

 

2. Explain Why Behavior is a Problem and What Will Be Done About It

Clearly state the problems caused by the student's behavior. The student may be getting on your last nerve, but avoid criticizing him in a personal way. Realize you may need to repeat this strategy over time until the child stops the problem behavior.

Do Say:Your clothes are dirty because they were under your bed and not placed in the laundry basket. I'll show you how to wash them.

Don't Say:If you're too lazy to put your clothes in the basket, I'm not washing them.

 

2. Explain Why Behavior is a Problem and What Will Be Done About It

Clearly state the problems caused by the student's behavior. The student may be getting on your last nerve, but avoid criticizing him in a personal way. Realize you may need to repeat this strategy over time until the child stops the problem behavior.

  • Do Say:Your clothes are dirty because they were under your bed and not placed in the laundry basket. I'll show you how to wash them.
  • Don't Say:If you're too lazy to put your clothes in the basket, I'm not washing them.