Creative Ideas For Managing Behaviors at Home
Managing behaviors at home can be a challenge at times. So here are some practical strategies you can use to help your child regulate his/her emotions and complete assignments successfully while at home.
Start With A Plan
It all starts with a plan! In order to reduce stress and anxiety for your child (and you), work WITH them to create a simple daily plan/schedule. Have an age appropriate discussion with your child to find out what needs they may have to complete the day's task. This is also good for you as the parent, in order to effectively prepare a comprehensive plan. Here are some steps to consider as you plan:
Set A Schedule
Set a simple time schedule for work (chores) time/ school time, play (break) time, snack/lunch time. This could include tasks such as, when to bring out the toys and put away items. Other routines to consider setting up with your child can include: Bed times, Sleep times, Faith time and Quiet times. Remember to set up quiet time for yourself as well so you can focus on internally recharging and regulating your own emotional well-being.
For some children, planning their day may be done by drawing pictures to represent activities. For others, it may simply mean acting it out or role playing. Other options of creating a schedule at home can be using a visual, hands-on or a check-list option.
Use of TIMERS
The use of a timer can monitor breaks and help keep students on task. You can use the timer on your phone, computer or stove, etc.
Don’t Forget breaks
Remember to Plan for your breaks. Some ideas for activities during break time are jumping jacks, a quick walk around, hopping, or any quick moving activities as needed. Consider if your child may benefit from additional movement such as working while standing or standing on one leg, working with a weighted item on, or using a movable chair to help manage anxiety.
When contemplating what types of rewards to offer, be cautious with tangible rewards. Rewards with no monetary value can have a greater effect on producing and maintaining positive behavior. Some examples are praise, exercise, or stickers awarded to lead up to a desired activity.
Feel free to contact your child’s teacher for more ideas for behavioral and emotional resources.