Get free child behavior help for any problem including aggressive children and temper tantrums. When you are dealing with behavioral problems, it can be very frustrating, but there are some very simple tips that can help prevent and decrease incidents of these "meltdowns" and even symptoms of ADHD as well. It may require some effort on your part, but after applying the following strategies you will notice a difference.
The best child behavior help is proactive and preventative. If you are in the middle of a crisis because your child is misbehaving, attempting to apply these at that point is like stopping a car that is ready to crash. You may be able to minimize impact and slow down, but it is so much better to just drive safely from the beginning isn't it?
For a more in depth discussion of these techniques, be sure to check out my free eBook with additional child behavior help. The following is an abbreviated summary of the proactive strategies used to prevent child bad behavior.
1. Establish a consistent daily schedule, so that your child knows what to expect each day. If needed provide your child with a written or picture schedule to help with understanding of scheduled events.
2. Make sure your child is getting the recommended amount of sleep for his or her age as indicated by the national sleep foundation. Getting less sleep than recommended can lead to symptoms of ADHD, attention and memory difficulties, and tantrums or meltdowns.
3. Make sure your child is getting enough vitamin nutrients. Most food today does not supply enough vitamins or omega-3 fatty acids, especially for kids that are picky eaters. Look for an all natural (no artificial colors or flavors) vitamin with DHA. Symptoms of ADHD have been linked to a deficiency in Omega-3 fatty acids.
4. Avoid foods with artificial coloring, especially red dye 40. Parents
have reported sudden irritability, hyperactivity, and aggressive behavior
after their child has consumed food with red dye. These are often hidden
in unsuspected foods, so be sure to read labels.
5. Rule out any allergies or side effects from medications as a possible cause for your child's challenging behavior.
6. Spend at least 15-30 minutes of one on one quality time with your child every day doing what your child wants to do. This will help to avoid attention seeking behavior and improve your relationship.
7. The ability to communicate is extremely important. If your child has a hard time with this or is still very young, try using pictures or sign language. Have them drink through straws to increase muscle strength in the mouth and hold objects by your mouth when stating their name to encourage your child to look at your mouth to learn how to pronounce the words.
8. Finally, when the previous child behavior help strategies are in place, you may consider
using some behavior charts or chore charts to monitor progress and
provide positive reinforcement.
When used in combination with one another the information provided will make a world of difference in your child's behavior. It may require some commitment on your part to apply, but I promise that the rewards will far outweigh the cost.
After these are in place you may be interested in additional positive behavior supports and more detailed child behavior help for specific behaviors.