Here are three top tips for getting along with student’s whose behaviour is difficult to manage.
Create kindness and empathy
Keep in mind that like you this student has hopes and dreams. Like you they have fears and worries. Like you they have people they care about and people who care for them. Like you they wish they could be the best version of themselves.
Tune in and be attentive
Model how to manage feelings
Relationships can be repaired - if you are willing. The power of coming back to a distrustful student and taking ownership for your own behaviour by saying, ‘sorry I made the wrong call there, let’s try again,’ will have an impact on the student (even if they don’t show it straight away). Next time they make an unskillful action, listen to see if they make the same offer and be ready to receive it.
Kate Hardiman is a Hopscotch & Harmony psychologist who works closely with children, teens and parents to support behavioural challenges, emotional outbursts, social withdrawal, or fears and worries about everyday things You can make an appointment with Kate at Hopscotch & Harmony's Belmont practice on 5241 6462.