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Challenging Behaviour

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Tips for Pupils with Challenging Behaviour


  1. Walk if possible and it is safe to. Many of our pupils enjoy daily walks and find them extremely therapeutic. If you are able take your child for a walk in the morning and after lunch. 30-45 minutes.


  1. Be careful with your children’s diets. Avoid sugary snacks as they will cause episodes of hyperactivity. If possible, drink milk or water. Diet drinks or diluted juice (no added sugar and sugar free) contain artificial sweeteners which in many cases can contribute to levels of hyperactivity.


  1. If you have space i.e. back garden, do lots of physical activities i.e. jumps, kicking ball, sprints to alleviate levels of hyperactivity. Also research has shown that our children need 30 minutes of sunshine (vitamin D) to allow for them to have a much better night’s sleep.


  1. Baths/Jacuzzis both can be very soothing and will help calm and relax your child during times of hyper tension.


  1. Gina Davies is a fabulous website for some attention autism ideas- follow her on Facebook.  


  1. The body coach on Facebook is also excellent.


  1. Deep pressure can help a lot of our pupils to self-regulate, please refer to the OTs advice and videos which have been shared on sea-saw.


  1. Messy play can also help soothe – shaving foam, porridge oats, flour and water. The messier the better.


Obviously this won’t be applicable for all children but some of the ideas may help at some point. STAY SAFE!