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help with behaviour

Most parents will have times when they worry about their child’s behaviour or their own parenting and this can be much more frequent if your child has additional needs. Here we offer tips for dealing with behaviour issues and tell you about organisations that can help.

Some of our children have conditions that make them more likely to have behaviour problems. Even needs that are not directly related to behaviour can have an impact; children that are struggling with learning or communicating will often express this by acting up. In fact this is sometimes the first clue there is a real problem.

Lots of parents will also experience other people criticising their parenting or judging them and their child because of their behaviour. This can be from those close to us, members of the public or even professionals we see about our child. We may find it hard to work out ourselves what is ‘normal’ bad behaviour and what is down to our child’s additional needs.

I find I am treading a fine line. I feel awful that I was too hard on him when he was little because I didn’t know he had those extra needs and I thought he just wasn’t trying. But I don’t want to let him get away with things just because he has a label now. I’ve got to help him learn that some things aren’t OK. So every day I am picking my battles, pushing on some stuff but trying to be realistic and kind too. And then you have to try not to take it all personally of course.

There are things that help with behaviour that are worth everyone trying. Read our tips below for getting to grips with this issue and getting more help if necessary.

Tips for dealing with behaviour problems
Where to get advice and support with behaviour issues

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