All children go through stages of more challenging behavior. Depending on their age, this may be a time where they are discovering independence, their limits and their environment. Alternatively, children communicate not only through language, but also behavior and all behavior is a form of communication. It is critical to fully understand why a child may demonstrating difficult behaviors. Often times, these behaviors are not well understood and when working together, the parent/caregiver and therapist begin to understand why the child is engaging in these behaviors.

Our primary focus is to respect the child – always. All children need to feel understood and need to communicate how they are feeling – happy, sad, mad, frustrated, excited. If they do not feel understood, the relationship between the child and caregiver is compromised and behaviors typically increase. Challenging behaviors can be limited through various forms of consequences, however we seek to fully understand the child’s emotions and then support their emotional regulation. Understanding where the intense emotional behaviors are rooted will not only support the child’s own emotional regulation, but it can eliminate the difficult behaviors altogether.