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Behaviour Management: Assessment

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The exact assessment process will depend on the nature of the individual’s difficulties. The information in this section gives an indication of some of the elements that may be involved in the assessment.

Often the assessment includes discussion around the behaviour of concern. I am aware that this type of discussion can be difficult for parents and I offer a confidential service through which people feel safe to talk about issues with someone they can trust to be understanding, considerate and non-judgemental.

Completion of a “Behaviour Diary” can help with developing an understanding of patterns in behaviours. Observations of the child in their various environments, such as at home, school and their respite centre can also be useful, as children can behave very differently in each environment.

It is often important for me to meet with all the key people in the child’s life in order to ask specific questions about their behaviour, daily routine, communication and preferences.

Where appropriate I will meet with the child to ask them some questions about their likes and dislikes. I aim to keep these appointments informal and fun. It may also be useful to complete some formal assessments with the child, such as an assessment which explores their cognitive ability or memory.

Once all the required information has been gathered, a meeting is usually arranged with the key people in the child’s life to share the findings of the assessment and to develop a plan to manage the difficulties. The recommendations will aim to reduce the need for the child to use inappropriate behaviours and to increase their use of appropriate behaviours.

I draw up a written report containing this information, including the agreed post-assessment plan. This report can be given to family, teachers and other professionals as appropriate.