The following general behaviour management strategies are frequently used at Little Elly:
- Positive statements are made to encourage the child to do the right thing.
For example:“Turn the pages carefully,” rather than “Don’t tear the book!”
- Positive redirection is used to clarify when and where certain behaviour is acceptable.
i.e., “We will walk “instead of “No running inside!”
- Feelings are validated. Children are guided to socially acceptable means of articulating anger and frustration such as verbal expression, pounding play dough or a pillow.
- The “deed” is separated from the “doer”. This relays the message that
“I like you and accept you unconditionally. However, I do not like what you did.”
- Good behaviour that we want to see continuously is reinforced. Examples of positive reinforcers include a smile, sticker charts, expressing thank you and other words of encouragement, such as
“Let’s try it together.”