Positive Behaviour Support Strategies for Students with Oppositional and Defiant Behaviour


Most children, adolescents and young adults have at least once argued with authority figures, refused to comply with a rule or request, or annoyed someone on purpose and blamed the other person for their behaviour. However, for these students it is not their normal pattern of behaviour. These behaviours may be in response to overwhelming stresses in their lives or a developmental phase they are going through. Hence, this negative behaviour pattern is generally short-lived and tends to disappear as the student adjusts to the new circumstance 

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A step by step guide to assessing, preventing and managing emotional and behavioural difficulties or matures. However, for some students this is not the case instead it becomes an ongoing pattern. Based on the evidenced-based approach of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) this book provides information on how to support students who have been diagnosed with an Oppositional and Defiant Disorder or are showing signs of oppositional and defiant behaviour. Supporting students who are oppositional and defiant be enormously challenging and stressful.
Based on the evidence based Positive Behaviour Support approach this user-friendly resource will equip you with the knowledge and skills to manage challenging behaviours at all levels of severity. Practical strategies on how to design the environment, activity and instructions to facilitate positive changes will be provided. Use the comprehensive checklists and tools provided to develop PBS plans that can be used to support the student consistently in all settings. This invaluable resource is useful for teachers, parents, early childhood educators, support staff, and mental health, allied health and supervisory professionals who support students with a diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder or who exhibit oppositional and defiant behaviour. Dolly Bhargava, is a Speech Pathologist and she has also completed a master’s degree in special education. She works with children, adolescents and adults with complex social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in a variety of settings such as schools, accommodation, post school options, supported employment and prisons. Many of the individuals she supports have experienced abuse, neglect, family disharmony, repeated bullying, suffer from drug and alcohol addiction. She has seen first-hand how hard it can be for parents, teachers, support workers and other professionals to deal with the challenges of supporting individuals with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Dolly became convinced that the key to empowering and enabling this support depended on an expert blend of information, skills and responses; a kind of toolbox that would empower people with the knowledge, ideas and resources to support the individual positively. Through her consultancy, resources, face to face and online training services she helps provide people with the roadmap to guide the individual learn positive ways of behaving and managing their emotions.


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