H for Hitting: Positive Behaviour Support

When a child hits on a regular basis, it can be quite distressing to witness. The parents of the child who hits feel embarrassed, annoyed at their child, and worried about how others will see and react to their child. For the child or adult who gets hit, it is a painful experience and can leave them feeling fearful and worried that it will happen again. The parents of the hit child are angry that their child got hit and are worried about their child’s safety.

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Hitting can occur across different contexts (e.g., within a childcare setting, early childhood centre or school, primary or secondary school, disability support services, or youth services). Hitting can dramatically change the climate of these surroundings. A considerable amount of time and energy can be spent on the child showing the hitting behaviour, which can have a deleterious effect on the quality of the learning experience for all the children.

Based on the evidence-based Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approach, this user-friendly guide, H for Hitting, will help you develop a comprehensive PBS plan step-by-step. You will learn how to do the following:

  1. Determine why your child is hitting (assess),
  2. Respond appropriately when your child hits (manage), and
  3. Prevent them from hitting (prevent).

Use the practical tools (checklists, forms, and strategies) provided to develop comprehensive PBS plans that can be used to support children of all ages consistently in all contexts. This invaluable resource is useful for parents, caregivers, childcare educators, primary and secondary educators, supervisory, allied health and mental health professionals.

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