Inappropriate Behaviour

Inappropriate behaviours in children can cover a wide range of behaviours from regular hair pulling, to sexualised behaviours, or harmful behaviours that give great cause for concern.

If your child is displaying any type of inappropriate or harmful behaviours we can provide an assessment that identifies why these behaviours are occurring and a plan to reduce them that includes therapeutic support for your child. Inappropriate behaviours we can help with include tantrums, overfamiliarity, sexualised behaviours, aggression, hurting others or pets, self-harm…


Therapy Options

For children displaying inappropriate behaviours regularly we recommend our Basic or Complex Emotional and Behavioural Support Programme. This programme provides a comprehensive assessment of why the problem behaviours are occurring and designs a therapeutic programme individual to the child. The programme will include support for parents/carers and therapy for the child based on this assessment. For children with complex challenges in home support can be provided.

We specialise in working with children who display high level problem behaviour and use evidence based techniques to reduce them.

If a child displays infrequent inappropriate behaviour a consultation to discuss challenges and provide advice may be sufficient to provide advice to parents/carers.


Research and Articles

Decreasing Supermarket Tantrums
A brief training package consisting of pre-teaching of appropriate grocery item–gathering skills and reinforcement for appropriate behaviour was used to teach a child to remain in a store and participate in shopping without exhibiting tantrums. The training package began with teaching the necessary component skills and expectations in the participant’s home, and these skills were then established at a local supermarket.

Differential Reinforcement of Low Rate Schedules Reduce Severe Problem Behaviour
For participants, the f-DRL reduced severe problem behaviour by clinically significant levels. Furthermore, results of a contingency strength analysis showed a strong negative contingency strength between target responding and reinforcer delivery for all participants