L for Lying: Positive Behaviour Support

It is normal for children to lie occasionally. However, when a child develops the habit of constantly lying, it can be quite distressing for everyone involved. The parents of the child who lies feel betrayed, embarrassed, annoyed at their child, and worried about the child’s future. For the person who was lied to, it is a disappointing experience and can leave them feeling distrustful, angry, and concerned that it will happen again.

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If the lying behaviour is prolonged and ongoing, it deteriorates the bonds of value, trust, and respect within relationships and affects how others see, react, and engage with the child. Lying 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). Lying can dramatically change the climate of these surroundings A considerable amount of time and energy can be spent on the child showing the lying 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, L for Lying, will help you develop a comprehensive PBS plan step-by-step. You will learn how to do the following:

  1. Identify the reasons why your child is lying (assess),
  2. Respond appropriately when your child lies (manage), and
  3. Prevent them from lying (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 professionals and mental health professionals.

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