How to reframe 'challenging' behaviour (and putting mental wellbeing at the heart of the curriculum)

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In this episode we talk to Mona Delahooke, a California-based licensed clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of experience caring for children and their families. She is the author of the book Beyond Behaviours: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioural Challenges. We also hear from Christopher Harrison, Assistant Headteacher at Grove Road Community Primary School, in North Yorkshire, about why the school is taking a longer-term view of attainment, rather than focusing on short-term targets.

Listen in to learn:

  • An explanation of the difference between 'brain down' and 'body up' behaviour
  • Why rewards and consequences aren't effective ways to tackle challenging behaviour
  • Why the emotional attunement of a relational approach is effective
  • How distressing behaviour is linked to stress responses

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