Behavioral Development

Parents, teachers, and other child serving professionals share in the task of facilitating healthy behavioral development in our community’s youth.  Efforts promoting positive behavioral development must include a combination of proactive steps that teach and model the skills and conditions for this development, prevent problems from occurring, and implement effective strategies for responding when behavioral problems arise.

First and foremost, it is important that you have – or take the time to develop – a positive, open, trusting relationship with the children in your care.  Kids are always able to learn and grow best in a context in which they feel seen, heard, understood, and safe.  Also remember as you work to implement these steps to keep a positive attitude and to model the behaviors that you hope to see.  Your actions will be one of their best teachers.

The following steps can help you to promote and support child and adolescent positive behavior and healthy behavioral development.

1.  Routine, Predictability, Consistency
2.  Clear and Simple Rules
3.  Effective Instructions/Directions
4.  Positive Reinforcement
5.  Limits and Consequences

Common Causes of Behavioral Problems

Functional Behavior Assessments

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS/PBS)

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