MANAGING BEHAVIOURAL DIFFICULTIES
Behaviour is a form of communication and all behaviour happens for a reason. Sudden changes in your child’s behaviour may indicate that there is an undiagnosed medical, physical or emotional problem. This can happen at any age, whether or not they have communication difficulties. At Making Milestones, our role is to provide sensory and behaviour support by working to understand what your child is trying to communicate.
Understanding Sensory & Behaviour
As a child grows, they learn how to behave by beginning to understand that their behaviour gives them what they need or want through the responses of others.
Children with sensory issues sometimes exhibit extreme behaviours, such as screaming or throwing violent tantrums when they experience sounds, sights or complete certain activities. This is because they find the physical sensations involved to be overwhelming.
Sensory issues can be found in those with ADHD, OCD and other developmental delays—or with no other diagnosis at all. With understanding and a range of strategies in place, both sensory and behavioural issues can be managed.
Occupational therapists (OTs) are the specialists who work with children who have sensory & behaviour issues. OTs engage children in physical activities that are designed to regulate their sensory input, to make them feel more comfortable, secure, and able to focus.
Every child’s behaviour and sensory issues will be different. Therefore, before therapy can begin, the OT will need to evaluate your child through tests and by observing them with teachers and caregivers. Then, they can create a sensory treatment plan, sometimes called a “sensory diet,” that is specific for your child’s needs.
Making Milestones can help you understand and manage your child’s behaviour and sensory issues. Our therapists are experienced in working with children who have complex needs, developmental delay or disability.
We provide a relaxed, safe and engaging environment where children feel comfortable to share their feelings and develop tools to overcome their difficulties.
We work closely with family members, school teachers and other allied health professionals involved with the child to encourage a holistic, collaborative approach and to ensure they feel supported.
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
All children cry and throw tantrums, however, if a child’s behaviour disrupts their ability to learn, play and interact with others over a period of time, it may be best to seek help from a professional. For more information, or to book in a time for your child to meet with an occupational therapist, please contact us today.