Behaviour

What is “normal” behaviour?

What is ‘normal’ behaviour varies between individuals – we all have our little quirks and eccentricities. The point at which the behaviour of a child or young person is problematic also varies. However, if the behaviour is affecting the young person’s ability to learn, interact appropriately with others and/or develop a healthy sense of self, then intervention may be necessary.

Sometimes it is difficult to know why a child or young person is behaving in a certain way – particularly if there is no apparent trigger or discernible pattern. The reasons are many so it can take time, and patience, to discover the underlying cause. However, for an intervention to be successful, understanding what is going on can make a big difference to the approach and outcome. Be sure to consider WHY the young person is behaving that way.

When considering the options available on KidsLink, be mindful that:

There is no “one” solution

There is no single convenient answer to many of the most important concerns affecting your child and family. No matter how badly we might wish for a simple answer or “quick fix”, we are faced with having to evaluate conflicting viewpoints affecting any given issue or problem. In truth, things are often more complicated than we would like them to be and it requires real effort from parents, Service Providers and the community.

Be realistic

For the vast majority of children and young people it would be wrong to say that they have a problem from which they will never recover or that little can be done to improve their situation. But it would be equally wrong to say that your child and family will be completely unchanged by the situation they and you are experiencing. Life is an accumulation of experiences. There is usually no pill, or any other treatment, that will take us back to ‘how we were before’ or in some cases ‘how we wish they had been in the first place’.

Personal experience

Ultimately, what works best for you and your child will be determined by your own personal experience – what worked brilliantly for your neighbour’s child may be of no benefit at all to your own, even though symptomatically the problem appears identical.

Because:

  • You know your child and family circumstances best;
  • there may be no consensus as to the cause of certain problems or what the best solution is, and
  • you are ultimately responsible for the care and welfare of your child…

KidsLink recommends that  you make your own enquiries as to the suitability, or otherwise, of any particular service or service provider.

Football for Children New Zealand

Football for Children is a professional soccer academy designed for boys and girls of all abilities from ages 3 and up. The program is centred on fun and enjoyment, with an emphasis on motor skill development, agility, and coordination. Players will have an action-packed footballing experience.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • North Shore
  • South Auckland
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • ADHD & Other Behaviour Disorders
  • Before/After School Care
  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
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Cellfield NZ Ltd

Cellfield is a great treatment programme for children with dyslexia. As a computer-based intervention programme, Cellfield uses neuroscience research from the last 30 years to achieve outstanding results in as little as two weeks!

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • North Shore
  • Rodney
  • South Auckland
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Reading
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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QV Therapeutic Perspectives

QVTP is an independent practice, providing a wide range of counselling services on the North Shore, Albany, and Hibiscus Coast, with special emphasis in self-esteem, anger management, anxiety and depression. Using a range of interactive creative modalities (i.e. music, art, play dance) to make therapy interesting and help engage youth of all ages.

Locations

  • North Shore
  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Anger
  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Behaviour Concerns
  • Family Relationships
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Trauma & Grief
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Hartbeeps Hibiscus Coast – Warkworth NZ

Hartbeeps, putting your child at the heart of a magical, musical adventure. Offering original and super fun, developmental baby classes, toddler classes and pre-school classes, as well as educational sessions, pregnancy classes and stay & play with baby discos.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Creative Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
  • Family Relationships
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Music
  • Parenting Skills
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Special Needs
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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Seasons for Growth

Seasons for Growth is an internationally successful, innovative education programme which assists people of all ages to understand & manage experiences of change, loss and grief.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • North Shore
  • Rodney
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Anger
  • Bullying
  • Depression & Mood
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Trauma & Grief
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Home From Home Childcare

If you are looking for home-based childcare where your child and family/whanau will receive the very best education and care – then look no further. Feedback from our recent ERO Review testifies “Careful consideration is given to ensuring a good match between educarers and children”

Locations

  • Rodney
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • In-home childcare
  • Maths
  • Pre-employment, Careers & Life Skills
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Writing and Spelling
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Tongue Twisters

Tongue Twisters Speech-Language Therapy aims to help your child achieve a greater ability to use clear, fluent speech, use and understand language, express themselves and learn. Providing accessible private speech and language assessments and therapy for children from toddlers to adulthood.

Locations

  • Hamilton
  • Waikato

Specialities

  • Social Skills
  • Speech and Language
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Wee Wisdom Montessori Schools

Wee Wisdom Montessori Preschools nurture children to become competent learners, preparing them not only for school, but for life itself. Our philosophy is to nurture the development of each child in our care in partnership with the family, whanau and community.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Childcare Centres
  • Maths
  • Reading
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Writing and Spelling
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Lock N Load Adventures

Lock N Load Adventures is a fun outdoor adventure park that offers NZ’s best paintball and arrow tag adventures. Enjoy the adrenalin rush of Paintball on 9 themed fields and choose from low impact or regular gear. Plus experience the precision of Arrow Tag, think dodgeball with soft padded arrows.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
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The Kids Coach

Inspired Kids coaching, classes and resources, brought to you by The Kids Coach, are designed to empower children and help them develop the mindsets, skillsets and tools they need to thrive in the modern world.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Coast Bays
  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Anger
  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Bullying
  • Family Relationships
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Teacher & Parent Education
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