The Science Behind Your Child’s Behaviors
Your child is upset–throwing a full blown tantrum in the middle of the grocery store. You ask yourself “Why are they acting like this?! Can’t we have a peaceful trip to the store?” Understanding what your child is going through and why they act the way they act will help you identify how to respond and support your when they are struggling.
Your child’s behavior is sending a message
Besides showing typical signs of development, your child could be trying to send you a message through their good behavior and their challenging behavior.
Most messages your child will send fall into four categories.
- Access: “I really want it.”
- Sensory: “I am overwhelmed.”
- Attention: “I need/want attention.”
- Escape: “I don’t want to do this.”
Another way to know what message your child is sending is to do a little check in on the factors that can contribute to challenging behaviors. Is the environment or the ways in which you are responding to your child contributing to their behaviors? Keep reading to learn more!