Understanding Child Behaviour

Responding to challenging behaviour in children

How do you handle challenging behaviour in children? What are children trying to communicate when they 'act out'? Expand your knowledge and skills for positively addressing this.

Presented by Dr Cara Swit

New course starts 17 July 2023

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It’s human nature to behave differently. Behaviour is how we communicate. It helps us understand each other.

Challenging behaviour in children can leave carers frustrated and confused. But most children display challenging behaviour at times. So how do you initiate behavioural change? 

This course explores Kaupapa Māori and Western principles. You’ll discover what to do when challenging behaviour becomes frequent and intense, making communication difficult. You’ll learn which resilience and risk factors contribute to challenging behaviour which will help you encourage positive behaviour.

You'll use the knowledge you gain to determine what influences child behaviour and complete a Functional Behavioural Assessment (FBA). These skills will help you implement a positive behaviour strategy and create customised support plans for each child in your care.

Please note: UC Online has a minimum enrolment threshold that must be met to enable opportunities for interaction, discussion, and feedback. If the minimum number of enrolments required for a course is not met, enrolled students will be given the option to defer their enrolment to the next course date, or receive a refund. 

Qualification Micro-credential
Learning time 50 hours | about 4 hours a week
Points 5
Dates 17 Jul - 20 Nov 2023
Type Instructor-paced
This course is ideal for
  • Educators
  • Plunket/Wellbeing nurses 
  • Social workers
What you'll learn
  • Why children behave in a challenging way
  • Resilience and risk factors that affect behaviour  
  • Prevention strategies and ways to respond to challenging behaviour   
  • How to monitor and evaluate behaviour change
This course includes
  • 4 Modules
  • 2 Assignments
  • 3 Live Video sessions – These are optional and recorded
  • Audio and video – Closed caption English transcripts available
Digital badge issued on completion