Clinic is ad­dress­ing child be­hav­iour

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

IT’S nor­mal for a child to be­have badly when faced with cer­tain sit­u­a­tions but some­times the be­hav­iour can be hard to man­age and that’s where the Whit­sun­day Health Clinic comes in.

On Tues­day, July 26, the Clinic will hold a free Child Be­havioural Sem­i­nar to help par­ents un­der­stand be­hav­iour and pro­vide al­ter­nate man­age­ment strate­gies.

Jo Nightin­gale has been a Child Be­havioural Con­sul­tant for 20 years and said she used as­sess­ment tools and then sug­gested al­ter­nate be­hav­iours that served the same pur­pose for the child but were more ap­pro­pri­ate.

“An ex­am­ple of this might be bed time. Tt’s time for the child to go to sleep but they don’t want to so they chuck a tantrum to es­cape go­ing to bed,” she said.

“To solve the is­sue you can say to them ‘you can go to bed now or in 10 min­utes’ and that gives them op­tions to choose from.”

Ms Nightin­gale said she fo­cused on teach­ing be­hav­iours rather than con­trol­ling them.

“Chil­dren will do be­hav­iour for a cer­tain rea­son,” she said.

“They may do it to es­cape a sit­u­a­tion, the might do it to get some­thing, they might do it be­cause it feels good or be­cause they want at­ten­tion.”

Natur­opath of 10 years, Rowena Kis­sun, said a child’s be- haviour was a re­ac­tion to the sit­u­a­tions they were in and a way of com­mu­ni­cat­ing.

“Some­times these kids are highly sen­si­tive and they’re put in sit­u­a­tions that they find hard to deal with,” she said.

“They’re in child care all day and they’ve got to be picked up, they get rushed through din­ner, their par­ents are stressed and they can feel it so they’re go­ing to act up.

“They don’t have the words to say they’re feel­ing stressed or anx­ious.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.face­­sun­day­health­clinic or con­tact the clinic on 4946 7910.

WORK­SHOP: Child Be­havioural Con­sul­tant Jo Nightin­gale and Natur­opath Rowena Kis­sun at Whit­sun­day Health Clinic pre­par­ing for their Child Be­havioural Sem­i­nar to be held next Tues­day.

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