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What do you notice about the child or young person?

What do you notice about the child or young person?

The child or young person may present with needs in either the home and, or school. These may include:

  • Persistent emotional dysregulation or behavioural difficulties. Poor impact and progress given differentiated learning opportunities and behaviour management techniques usually employed by the school.
  • Difficulty communicating feelings in an age appropriate way.
  • Showing attention needing behaviours, including low level disruption.
  • Significant delay in development of social communication skills.
  • Difficulties with interpersonal communication or relationships. This includes reluctant to share or participate in social groups.
  • Patterns of behaviour which make the young person vulnerable to social isolation and disengagement.
  • Difficulty in maintaining trusting relationships with adults.
  • Avoidant coping strategies. Including distracting other children or presenting with behaviours which mean that they will be removed from perceived ‘high risk’ situations.
  • Helpless responses to learning activities and pre-empting failure in tasks.
  • Delay in development of personal organisation skills. This may also include carelessness with learning materials.
  • Difficulty accepting praise.
  • Unwillingness to acknowledge or accept responsibility for his/her own actions.
  • Difficulty managing or accepting change.
  • Behaviours which result in significant risk of harm to self and others.
  • Taking physical risks and finding themselves in situations that have the potential to harm.
  • Heightened responses. These may impact on ability to engage in formal learning situations.
  • Experience of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
  • Being reluctant to attend school and displaying Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA).

Last updated 2 October 2020

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