It is advisable to find an effective way of communicating with an individual who is exhibiting symptoms of challenging behaviour, as there may be a way of communication which allows them to express their feelings more effectively. For example, passing them a small note with a message of calmness or encouragement – anything that is likely to have a positive, calming effect.
You can also talk to your doctor, who will be able to provide advice. Your GP will also be able to refer your child to a psychologist for some specialist advice and treatment.
There are several ways of managing challenging behaviour, which will allow you to have more control over the situation. As previously mentioned, finding an individual’s preferred way of communication is important. This may even give them an opportunity to communicate with you over how they want to be supported, particularly if their challenging behaviour seems close to being triggered.
Encouraging enjoyment is also important. Observe how they respond to their favourite activities and make a list of tasks that will help them to maintain calmness and happiness.