Provision and / or strategies:
- Differentiate your use of voice, gesture and body language.
- Focus on reducing anxiety and thereby behaviours.
- Use rewards and consequences flexibly and creatively e.g. ‘catch them being good’.
- Positive reinforcement of expectations through verbal scripts and visual prompts.
- Have a ‘Time in/out’ or quiet area.
- Pick your battles. It is unreasonable to expect “perfect” behaviour and to apply the same sanctions in the same way as you would with a child or young person who doesn’t struggle with impulse control or maintaining focus.
- Ensure a positive progressive approach to managing behaviour is taken, not a punitive behaviourist approach. Even though the latter may be more immediate and may make adults feel temporarily more in control.
Last updated 3 September 2020