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Disruptive- Try to understand the purpose for the intense behavior.

  • Help the child to not become over stimulated. (What’s the meaning?)
  • Give breaks
  • Give opportunity to expend his/her energy
  • Help child regain control


Defiant- Understand child’s need to feel in control.

  • Games where the child dictates the rules and wins
  • Show respect and help the child understand others’ point of view
  • Role playing


Explosive- Analyze what brings on the explosive behavior.

  • Distraction, engagement in something else
  • Help child be prepared
  • Process the explosive behavior after it is over


Angry and Aggressive- Irritable, easily frustrated, feels successful if “bad”

  • Talking
  • Eliciting compassion
  • Catching the child doing the right thing
  • Maintaining kind and firm stance in limited setting
  • Suggest alternatives


Non-compliant Child- Understand why the child is so “autonomous” and does not work as a partner.

  • Use low voice and try to have the child look at you
  • Do not engage in battle of wills
  • Get attention of the child before you give instructions


Negative Influences

  • Lack of sleep (short attention span, irritability, unfinished activities)
  • Child Abuse or Neglect (withdrawn, aggressive- takes out anxiety on other kids or teachers)
  • Violence in the home (extreme anxiety level, withdrawn and very depressed, poor attendance record, constant seeking of attention)
  • Malnutrition (hyperactivity, drowsiness, loses temper, irritability)
  • Excessive TV Watching (short attention span, extreme aggressiveness, difficulty following directions, unfinished activities)
  • Parental Pressure (immaturity, overwhelmed by the task, lack of involvement, unfinished activities)

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