But let’s start with the basics:
Such behaviors may serve a number of different functions for the child such as:
- defending possessions
- avoiding an undesired activity
- expressing frustration (especially when they cannot express themselves with words)
- getting attention.
TIP: Try to figure out situations that may trigger aggressive behaviors. Prevent or make changes in the environment, routine or activity that seems to produce aggressive behaviors.
He needs a bath, no more cartoons!
ie. If you’re in the grocery store, and your child tantrums because you say no to a bag of M&Ms. Do NOT give them the M&Ms. Avoid the candy aisle, avoid the cash registers with candy, and if that doesn’t work, don’t take them to the grocery store!