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Motivational techniques to manage behaviour suitable for children aged 2 – 5

Many parents/ carers will use behaviour modification techniques (even if they do not realise it) with their children to encourage appropriate behaviour and curb unwanted behaviour. Behaviour modification techniques involve reinforcing positive behaviour and giving consequences for negative behaviour.

The child must know what is expected “good” and “bad” behaviour and the behaviour is addressed and not making the child “feel bad”. Within your session you will only have limited influence over a child, working consistently with parents/carers offering support (especially if the child has a diagnosed behavioural condition) will help you to meet most or all your session objectives.

Below are some of the examples of positive reinforcement and negative consequences that you may consider using:

Motivational techniques to manage behaviour suitable for children aged 2

Table 9 Motivational techniques to manage behaviour suitable for children aged 2