Read: "The language we use to describe these behaviours will influence the way others view our children. Many parents have reported that trying to access community activities can be difficult if your child is labelled as challenging. Phoebe Caldwell prefers to use the term distressed behaviour rather than challenging behaviour. We have to say, we're with Phoebe on this one! When someone reacts negatively to others, their environment or sensory overload, it is usually because they are in distress ... it is distressing for the young person and distressing for the family." -- Linda Woodcock and Andrea Page, from Managing Family Meltdown: The Low Arousal Approach and Autism.
Reflect: How do I describe my child's behavior? Do those words affect the way I feel about the behavior and the way other people see it? Do I take into account how the behavior feels to my child?
Respond in the comments with your own thoughts on this quote and how it applies to your life with your child.
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