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South of L. A. Child Development and Supplemental Education Services, Los Angeles, California - Behavioral Problems

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Working with Children with Aggressive Behavior

Signs:

  • hitting
  • kicking
  • biting
  • spitting
  • verbal threats
  • harsh/cruel words
  • throwing objects
  • breaking objects

Interventions:

  • behavior chart to be reviewed daily
  • practice strategies to express feelings and manage anger (use of books or visual charts)
  • increase problem solving skills
  • consistent limit setting
  • relaxation techniques (deep breathing, imagery)
  • pay attention to patterns/triggers of aggression and intervene before incident
  • reward/praise child when she/he resists or stops aggressive behavior
  • help child make connection between behavior and consequence
  • reduce/eliminate exposure to domestic violence and media violence
  • ensure that basic needs are being met (such as adequate food and sleep)

When to seek professional help:

  • when safety becomes an issue/danger to self or others
  • when behavior interferes with interpersonal relationships
  • when behavior interferes with learning
  • when child does not respond to suggested interventions.

South of L. A. Child Development and Supplemental Education Services, Los Angeles, California - Behavioral Problems

Possible reasons for the behavior:

  • temperament
  • trauma history
  • history of child abuse
  • poor limit setting history
  • exposure to domestic violence
  • exposure to violent media (video, games, TV)
  • hunger
  • fatigue



 

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