Sometimes students may behave in ways that disrupt the class and impact their educational progress. This could involve physical actions (e.g. damaging equipment, fighting) or the way that a student interacts with others (e.g. shouting, saying unkind things), or difficulty engaging a student in activities (e.g. not listening to teachers or following instructions, not completing work).
Disruptive behaviours that might affect students can also include things like defiance and hostility towards others, emotional meltdowns, rule breaking, or skipping school.
Behaviour always serves a purpose. Young people may engage in challenging behaviour to communicate how they are feeling, or a need or a want that is not being met. A young person 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 students with disabilities and developmental challenges. Some particularly relevant resources for supporting students with behavioural issues include: