All children can exhibit challenging behaviour. It is important to view challenging behaviour as a means of expression or as an attempt at communication. Where a child is experiencing considerable frustration, perhaps due to difficulties learning or inability to effectively communicate, this may be shown in ways that can be seen as ‘naughty’ or ‘disruptive’.
It can take time to understand why a child is using a specific way of behaving (or ‘acting out’) to communicate. A range of professionals may need to provide assistance.
If your child is depressed, very anxious or using challenging behaviour that you find hard to manage you may want to access professional support.
Click on the video to hear Dr Maria Kangas explore behaviour as a means of communication.
Behaviour as communication