Simply stated, behaviours are actions or conditions that can be observed. The majority of human behaviours are desirable and necessary for individuals or groups to function productively and safely.
These desirable behaviours will typically continue to occur because they are strengthened by the outcome of the behaviour itself. For example, a person looks at you, smiles, then says “Good morning”. You then respond by smiling back and returning the greeting. Because of your response, that person is more likely to greet you in a similar fashion the next time.
However, when undesirable behaviours occur they too may continue depending upon the response. Generally, the reaction to a given problem behaviour will strongly determine if that problem behaviour can be modified to something more desirable, or if the condition becomes an even bigger challenge for everyone involved.
Dan will be working with us on identifying challenging behaviours in students and how can achieve desirable behaviours in all students. He will support us to develop workable action plans when dealing with situations and help us in identify what constitutes a crisis situation.
Dan will discuss how we can identify triggers behind challenging behaviours and work through ways to de-escalate students in a calm, positive and child centred manner.