Sometimes children may behave in ways that disrupt the class and impact their educational progress. This could involve physical actions (e.g. overly rough play, damaging equipment), the way that a child interacts with others (e.g. shouting, saying unkind things), or difficulty engaging a child in activities (e.g. not listening to teachers or following instructions, children running away).
Disruptive behaviours that might affect students can also include things like defiance and hostility towards others, temper tantrums, avoiding certain situations or refusing to talk.
Behaviour always serves a purpose. Children may engage in challenging behaviour to communicate how they are feeling, or a need or a want that is not being met. A child may be more likely to engage in challenging behaviour if they have communication, social or cognitive challenges, or if they are feeling anxious or scared.
Create a positive environment
Create a structured and proactive environment
Adapt your teaching and communication
Build their skillset
Additional staff members
Other co-occurring conditions
Visit our resources page for a range of resources that can help to create inclusive education environments for children with disabilities and developmental challenges. Some particularly relevant resources for children with behavioural issues include: