Why is your child displaying challenging behaviour?

Challenging behaviour is defined by somebody’s actions putting them or those around them at risk, resulting in a lower quality of life.

The effects of these behavioural difficulties may impact their ability to join in with daily activities, especially for children.

However, these behaviours are often misunderstood, leading to further problems down the line.

What is challenging behaviour?

Before you can successfully handle this kind of behaviour, you must understand what they are and why they are being exhibited.

Types of challenging behaviour might include:

  • Being distant or disengaged
  • Aggression, anger, or defiance
  • Suffering from self-injury
  • Eating inedible objects
  • Feeling and acting withdrawn.

Why are these behaviours shown?

Simply put, behaviour is a form of communication. It is an outlet for children to tell us what they are going through mentally and emotionally.

So, when a child’s behaviour is challenging, it is usually to serve a purpose for them.

For example, they may be trying to express fear or anxiety, as well as a number of emotions that all human beings struggle with.

How can this be tackled?

Challenging behaviour not only affects the person displaying it but also on the people around them.

Whilst these behaviours come from a place of wishing to communicate, it’s also important to nurture more positive behaviour.

You must always be mindful of triggers, ensuring that you are a calm and reassuring presence in their lives.

As well as this, it is essential to give them their own space; enough so that they don’t feel intimidated or overwhelmed, but not so much that they feel neglected.

Working towards providing a safe and supportive environment should be a priority, as this can help them develop resilience, and learn the skills required to build healthy relationships.

Do you or one of your loved ones need support? Get in touch with us today.

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