The Boys' Brigade

The Boys Brigade TRAINING : Working With Challenging Behaviour Four Steps to Better Behaviour Four Steps to Better Behaviour The Boys Brigade TRAINING : Working With Challenging Behaviour Step 1: Learn to pay positive attention to children The quality of the attention we give to children is powerful If positive attention is not forthcoming, negative attention may seem worth seeking out (criticism, telling off etc)

Make sure you dont combine praise and criticism in backhanded compliments, such as You did well tonight and listened, now why cant you be like that all the time? When you give praise make it accurate and honest, not over the top, such as Good work!, Its nice when you, What a nice thing to do, You played that game very fairly Remember non-verbal signs of approval: smiling, thumbs up, wink Always show approval immediately. Dont wait! Always be specific about the behaviour you like Four Steps to Better Behaviour The Boys Brigade TRAINING : Working With Challenging Behaviour Step 2: Use this positive attention to improve behaviour This step builds on the positive attention outlined in Step 1

Seek out opportunities to use positive attention, Catch em being good! Find times when the child is not involved in an activity and ask them to do small favours, for example Could you pass me a pencil please? or Can you bring the keys over? Make sure the favours are simple and brief, and as the child follows each one, be sure to provide specific praise. Because the requests are very simple and brief, most children (even those with behavioural problems) will do them This step, if used over a number of weeks can make a dramatic difference in a childs behaviour Four Steps to Better Behaviour The Boys Brigade TRAINING : Working With Challenging Behaviour Step 3: Set up a BB token system

Children with behaviour problems often need a more powerful incentive than praise. The token system rewards good behaviour. Start the system with all the children (this would work best in Anchors and Juniors). Be positive when you are explaining the system. Say something like We want to reward good behaviour in the section, so you can now earn tokens for listening, following instructions and helping. Decide on the sort of tokens you are going to use. Tiddlywinks counters can be colour coded, for example, green tokens are worth 1 point, blue 5 points and red 10 points. Be clear about what privileges the tokens can earn, for example snacks or sweets, trips out or activities on a holiday if they are totted up on a collective basis. Four Steps to Better Behaviour The Boys Brigade TRAINING : Working With Challenging Behaviour Step 3: Set up a BB token system (cont..)

Its better not to make it a competition, as the better-behaved kids will win, reinforcing old patterns of winners and losers. Do not take tokens away for misbehaviour! Ask the children what rewards they want on the list. Dont give tokens away before the child has deserved them, but be as quick as possible in rewarding the child for good behaviour. When you give tokens, smile and tell the child how pleased you are. Four Steps to Better Behaviour The Boys Brigade TRAINING : Working With Challenging Behaviour Step 4: Coping with the inevitable, responding constructively to incidents Use Time-outs for serious misbehaviour: Ask the child to come and stand by you for a short period of time, being clear with the

child why you have asked them to do this. Once the time out is passed and if the child is calm, then they must agree to do what they were asked to do. (If it is something that cannot be corrected like swearing or lying, the child has to promise not to do it again.) If they refuse, then keep them with you for a while longer. When they have done what was requested, say well done in a neutral tone. Remember! After a time-out, watch out for the next appropriate behaviour by the child and praise them for it. This ensures that the child always receives as much reward as punishment and shows that you are not angry at the child but at the inappropriate behaviour. Four Steps to Better Behaviour

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