All educators and parents will be familiar with the old adage, “all behaviour is communication,” and whilst it might be overused, the premise behind it is often very misunderstood.
Behaviour and the challenges educators face with children’s behaviour is not solely linked to neurodiversity and at Neurodiversity Now we believe the best approach to creating positive behaviour is understanding children’s needs, patience and empathy.
By reading more about neurodiversity on this website and others, we hope that educators will understand more about the neurological factors that give rise to certain behaviours you see amongst children, but you need the tools to be able to work with children effectively to promote positive behaviour.
Young People Today
Every generation obsesses over the youth of the day and their apparent breakdown of behaviour and lack of respect.
Parents in 1950s America were worried about the influence of rock and roll on teenagers.
In the 1970s, British newspapers were full of stories about Mods and Rockers taking over seaside towns and fighting which led Sociologist Stanley Cohen to coin the term “moral panic” to describe the eruption of moral outrage about youth that was largely unfounded.
In the 1990s, the youth were allegedly putting holes in their brains with ecstacy use.
Today, children are allegedly running around and killing each other with no respect for teachers. “The snowflake generation that don’t get smacked have no respect.”
At Neurodiversity Now we think it is important to point out that this sort of narrative is toxic and far from constructive so would encourage you to eliminate these conversations from your staff rooms.
Based on our own experiences as neurodiverse individuals who struggled at school, our professional expertise and experiences, and many years of research, we have created a presentation and notes on promoting positive behaviour in schools for you to download for FREE until August 2019.
Recommended Easy Access Resources on Behaviour
“When the Adults Change, Everything Changes” by Paul Dix
“The Discipline Coach” by Jim Roberson
“Paper Tigers” Director James Redford
“Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” Director James Redford