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Strategies for deal

with
inappropriate
behaviour
Initially, quietly correct the behaviour:
eve n young ch ildren know that t he re is cert ain be haviour that is not
ac cepta ble. Dra wing the ch ildÕs at tention to the fact tha t they have
bee n n oticed is usua lly e nough to ge t them to cha nge their be haviou r
as s oon a s the inapp ropria te be havior occu rs add re s s it
use n on-ve rbal cu e s where pos sible - mo ve closer, nod, frown s lightly
or stare
join in and pa rtne r the problem child, without comm en ting
divert their a ttention by as king a quest ion: ÔJohn, how is tha t se rve
going?Õ,
ask them if they a re having d ifficulty
remi nd them of the g roup rules a nd a ppropria te be haviou r (privately)
addre s s the behavio ur, not the cha ra cter, of the ch ild - ÔTha tÕsa s illy
thing to do, Matthe wÕ, not Ô You a re s illy Matthe wÕ
find out why they are misbeh aving (privately).
If the behaviour is not changed, relate the problem back to
group rules:
the co a ch mi ght ask the ch ild, ÔWhat a re you doing? Is this a gainst our
rules?Õ the n a sk wha t they sho uld be d oing
politely ask the ch ild to cha nge the ir be haviour, remin ding them of the
consequ ence if they d o not.
One way of dealing with inappropriate behaviour
that continues is to withdraw the child from the
activity
place child in Ôtime outÕor
f a period before inviting them to rejoin the
group. Rejoining the group occurs only if the child agrees to abide by
the team rules
the Ôt ime outÕarea should be somewhere away from other children but
still located close enough so that the coach is able to supervise the
child
when child returns, find an early opportunity to praise them or involve
them in a leadership situation
be patient as some inappropriate behaviour may need time to correct.
Managing extreme behaviour

 sometimes,a coach may need to deal with extreme behaviour. In


the case of extreme behaviour, the coach should determine
whether or not the behaviour of the participant or group of
participants will significantly disrupt and/or possibly harm others.
If it is likely that others will be harmed or significantly disrupted,
then the coach should exclude the offending participant/s from
the program.