Behavioural disorders: How to help your child at home

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Learn how to manage your child's difficult behaviour.

Key points

  • A healthy parent/child relationship is positive and nurturing, includes consistent rules and expectations and is based on knowing what a child likes to do and with whom they spend their time.
  • If your child shows signs of a possible behavioural disorder, try some behaviour modification strategies. These approaches are intended to change your child’s behaviour over time.
  • Behaviour modification strategies include setting clear and consistent rules, expectations and consequences, explaining your values, understanding your child’s point of view and praising positive behaviour.
  • If your child’s behaviour does not improve, consider seeing your child’s doctor and, if needed, seek support for your own wellbeing.
Last updated: June 20th 2017