L for Lying: Positive Behaviour Support

When a child develops a habit of lying it can be quite distressing for everyone involved. For the parents of the child who lies, they feel betrayed, embarrassed and 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. 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.

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The climate of the context (e.g. childcare, early childhood, primary and secondary school, disability support and youth services) can also change dramatically. 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. Research consistently shows that managing behaviour is linked to staff experiencing high levels of stress, burnout and job dissatisfaction.

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:

  • Work out why your child is lying (assess),
  • How to respond when your child lies (manage), and
  • How to 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, educators in childcare, early childhood, primary and secondary schools, disability, mental health, allied health and supervisory professionals.

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