Link between Communication and Behaviour problems

Children with communication disorder often find it difficult to express themselves. Many times, their basic wants and needs are not met due to poor expressive and receptive communication.

A recent study conducted at the University of Minnesota, found that young children with language disorder are at increased risk for behaviour problems. In addition, strong expressive language skills appear to reduce the risk of behaviour problems as rated by teachers. Behaviours that children demonstrate are most likely to communicate a need.

 

Behavioural manifestations in children could be due to variety of reasons. Therefore, a functional behavioural assessment by a therapist or a paediatrician can help in determining the cause of behaviour and subsequent steps can be taken to replace inappropriate ones.

 

Functional behavioural analysis involves asking the following questions to understand the behaviour:

 

How often does the problem behaviour occur?

In what settings do the behaviours occur?

What events precede the behaviour and what are the immediate events that follow the behaviour?

What is the function of the behaviour and what are the immediate events that follow the behaviour?

What is the function of the behaviour-attention-seeking, wants to express a need, sensory seeking?

What appropriate behaviour can you teach the child to replace the unwanted behaviour?

 

It is an important to remember that ‘positive, non-aversive approaches to address challenging behaviour are the most effective, evidence-based practice for individuals with disabilities’.

 

 


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