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Preparing for Behavioural Problems for 4-year-old

Discussion in 'Behaviour' started by saturday1234, Jul 1, 2015.

  1. saturday1234

    saturday1234 New commenter

    Hi there, I will be an NQT in September for a Reception class. Today I received a class list and was told that one little boy has behavioural issues- hitting, biting, throwing things, quick to anger, and running away. This is with other children and staff.

    Behaviour management is one of my main targets for next year and I really want to get it right from the beginning. During my placement in one class there was a child with similar behaviours, and although he would listen to me, he would often test me in comparison with the regular class teacher, and I found it tough.

    I'm naturally quiet/calm/laid back but want to make my expectations very clear for September. What kind of things can I prepare for September, particularly in regards to this child? I am planning making class rules together, social stories/PSED circle games, visual timetables etc. but if anyone could offer some more words of advice I would really appreciate.

  2. Ruthie66

    Ruthie66 New commenter

    I'd want to think about why he is behaving like this - what is his behaviour communicating? It might be that he hasn't had positive influences in his life and my experience of children like this is that there is often something underlying and that careful nurturing is what is needed. I don't know if attachment difficulties are the issue but Louise Bomber's Attachment in the Classroom is a great starting point and there are articles online. If the stuff you learn there doesn't work with him it will certainly set you up for some pupils in the future.
  3. saturday1234

    saturday1234 New commenter

    The little boyhas speech and language difficulties. Apparently he does not like being told what to do and angers very quickly. They have suggested trying to distract him when he's getting het up by distracting him with a task or job.

    I'm not entirely sure how things are at home, I know his parents are split and he sees his dad once a week supervised (although I think his has only just started in general last couple of months, which apparently has had a good effect on him). So I'm sure this anger stems from this. I will have a look at the attachment in the classroom book, thank you.
  4. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    I'd ask why the school hasn't done something to deal with this already. The police are always very conderned about being bitten, because of the diseases etc that can result, and they are given specialist training etc.

    And this is a school, with staff and little children. They don't deserve to have to put up with this; it could put them off school for life. Even a nursery I know said to a child's parents that they needed to sort their own issues out and actually be parents when their boy bit-parents were told that if this continued he would be asked to leave. Obviously it's terrible for the boy and he needs help, but the school shouldn't be acting as if it's ok for the other children and staff to suffer.
  5. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Wow. I am really surprised by some of the responses here - yes, it is inappropriate that a 4-year old is hitting, biting, throwing things, quick to anger, but....there can be many reasons, an important one being HE IS A FOUR YEAR CHILD.

    My toddler (who is three) does throw things and also has temper tantrums because he is a toddler and learning about the world. We are quick to do time outs, give loads of cuddles and he is a very happy, lively little boy.

    hhhh - I don't think the school is acting as if it's okay for the other children and staff to suffer - they have informed the OP about the issues beforehand, so she can be prepared. Develop a game plan as suggested, but your compassion and kindness could be the very thing that helps this little boy settle, so he isn't 'put off school for life'....

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