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Behaviour That Concerns 

Nothing causes parents and carers as much distress or worry as when our children display challenging behaviour. In order to understand why they are behaving in this way, we need to look beneath the surface.

All behaviour is communication. To try and understand what our children are trying to tell us when they display behaviours, it's helpful to use a framework to identify any patterns or themes. There are 3 such frameworks that are regularly used. The Iceberg Principle, ABC's - Antecedents, Behaviours and Consequences and STAR - Settings, Triggers, Actions and Results. 

The Iceberg Principle (Schopler et al 1995)


Antecedents, Behaviours and Consequences 

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 STAR - Settings, Triggers Actions and Results (Zarkowska and Clements 1994)

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Encouraging Positive Behaviour Gain a better understanding of why children with additional needs behave the way they do. Learn ways to handle difficult situations in a calm, stress-free manner. Explore ways of supporting and encouraging your child and how to get support and help.   Monday 6th July   7:30 pm Tuesday 7th July 7:30 pm Thursday 9th July 7:30 pm

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Studio 3 - Managing Behaviour of Concern

An extensive range of webinars, web based conferences, training and experts with FREE weekly webinars. 

 Current scheduling includes:

  • Mindfulness for Families and Staff Tuesday 30th June, 3pm - 5pm 


Previous webinars available to watch again:

  • Low Arousal Approaches in Older Adults 

  • Eradicating Restraint and Seclusion

  • There's Much More to Life than Services

  • Lean on Me: The Psychobiological Cost of Caregiving

  • Causes and Management of Self-Injurious Behaviours

  • Sulky, Rowdy, Rude: Using Low Arousal Approaches to Manage Behaviour of Concern in Children and Young People

  • The Relationship is the Therapy - Complex Children Need Kind and Slightly Crazy Carers

  • Psychoeducation: Should I Tell My Child They Have Autism and How?

  • Using Low Arousal Approaches in Learning Environments

  • The Low Arousal Approach: A Practitioner's Guide

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Triple P is delivered by Children and Family Wellbeing Service in Lancashire

Triple P is a parenting programme, but it doesn’t tell you how to be a parent. It’s more like a toolbox of ideas. You choose the strategies you need. You choose the way you want to use them. It’s all about making Triple P work for you.

The three Ps in ‘Triple P’ stand for ‘Positive Parenting Programme’ which means your family life is going to be much more enjoyable.

Triple P helps you:

Raise happy, confident kids
Manage misbehaviour so everyone in the family enjoys life more
Set rules and routines that everyone respects and follows
Encourage behaviour you like
Take care of yourself as a parent
Feel confident you’re doing the right thing

Please ring Lune Park Neighbourhood Centre in Lancaster for more details          01524 581280

Useful Links

CB Resources
Local Support - North Lancashire
National Support
Behaviour Support Plans
Behaviour Support Plans

If the cause of behaviours have been identified and further support is needed to help the child / young person, it is useful for all people around them to work to a plan with agreed targets and strategies.


A small minority of pupils may not be willing or able to comply with school / class rules to the same extent as other pupils. For these pupils, it may be necessary to devise an Individual Behaviour Support Plan. The concept of it being a support plan is important – we want to support the pupil towards behaving in a more appropriate and acceptable way.


There is no one way to devise or to present this plan, but the following might need to be considered:

1. The purpose of any Behaviour Support Plan should be to help the pupil to take responsibility for his/her own behaviour and to teach him/her how to make appropriate choices.

2. A multi-disciplinary approach is recommended, one that includes the teacher(s), Special Needs Assistant, principal, parent(s) and the pupil in the process. It will be more difficult to succeed with an Individual Behaviour Support Plan if the parent or pupil are not willing participants.

3. As part of the Behaviour Support Plan, a Behaviour Contract may need to be drawn up which is signed by all parties. In drawing up this contract, use language which is clear and appropriate to the age and ability of the pupil.

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