In this episode, expert guest Leith Tarling discusses how to understand children’s behaviour. Leith explores how behaviour is signalling a need of support. Children can behave in certain ways because there’s an underlying unsolved problem that needs to be understood.
Leith also shares the importance of self-care; giving yourself permission to take a step back and look after yourself.
Leith is the Behaviour Support Consultant for Catholic Education Western Australia providing support for the organisation's 150+ schools. Leith's previous role was as a Principal Trainer for Team Teach Asia Pacific, providing training services for the Education Department of Western Australia and Disability Support providers.
Leith recommends the book Lost and Found by Dr Ross Greene.
You can find and follow Leith on LinkedIn.
Leith also shares three tips during the episode:
- Be curious about the behaviour you’re seeing. Ask yourself the question, ‘what might be happening here?’
- As you’re observing the behaviour, remember to ‘breathe through it.’
- In the aftermath of an incident, be reflective. Ask yourself, ‘what’s the difficulty the child’s facing and what’s the skill that needs to be taught to overcome it?’
The My Family Coach podcasts covers every aspect of children’s behaviour, all in handy 15 minute (ish) bite-sized chunks. Each episode features a new guest chatting about a different aspect of behaviour and leaves you with three handy tips to use at home.