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Low level disruption or attention seeking

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

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