Issues and Possible Solutions

Language difficulties in students with emotional and behaviour difficulties.

IssueThese things could indicate difficulties with…
  • Poor attention
  • Easily distracted
  • Disruptive behaviour

Language processing

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  • Aggressive or rude behaviour
  • Being reckless or easily led
  • Try too hard to fit in
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution very difficult -may take aggressive or passive route

Social communication skills

Use Resources:

  • May switch off in lessons
  • Becomes more aggressive in follow up or mediation
  • Unable to see the reason for being in the wrong

Processing and comprehension

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  • Finds lessons difficult
  • Poor emotional identification & regulation
  • Not picking up on sarcasm, interrogative language

Comprehension, vocabulary, figurative language

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  • Unable to say what has happened
  • Making up excuses is difficult— they don’t sound plausible!
  • Verbal mediation is difficult
  • Leave out key information: they can appear to be lying
  • Poor ‘inner’ speech for problem solving
  • Can appear ‘bored’
  • Getting on with others is difficult.

Expression, syntax, narrative

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Each School has its own behaviour policy. In addition the following strategies may be helpful:

  • Allow time out i.e. time to cool down
  • Avoid conflict in front of others
  • Don’t ask too many questions - overload ( See Blank Model and Incident form)
  • Watch for signs of stress before they escalate
  • Notice triggers - it may be useful to have a third party observing - you can’t see it if you’re teaching (See Observation Schedule)
  • Allow processing time - students are unable to sort out their thoughts while they are still upset
  • Make expectations clear - don’t rely on the tone of your voice or body language
  • Give clear choices
  • Watch for signs that they’ve not understood
  • Praise positive behaviour
  • Ignore negative behaviour where possible but praise the positive behaviour of others
  • Provide incentive for positive behaviour
  • Use a visual timetable
  • Prepare for changes in routine
  • Use a Behaviour Pie
  • Set achievable targets in order to enable success and boost confidence (I can do It)
  • Keep a ‘Behaviour Box of Tricks’

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Last updated: 27 November 2012

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