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.

Professional Ear Care

A friendly, professional clinic providing diagnostic assessments and solutions for your child’s ear health and hearing challenges. This private clinic allows easier access to clinical nurse specialist ear care when it is needed most.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Home and Family Counselling

Home and Family Counselling provides professional, affordable and accessible counselling for children and their families, couples and individuals on a voluntary contribution basis.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • North Shore
  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Behaviour Concerns
  • Family Relationships
  • 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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Equip Mental Health Services

We provide support for children who live with family members, commonly parents, who experience mental health issues.

Locations

  • North Shore
  • Rodney
  • West Auckland

Speciality

  • Family Relationships
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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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Dynamic Martial Arts

Dynamic Martial Arts in Silverdale is a true MMA Training Centre, where you can train in a mixture of different martial arts by our qualified instructors. With over 40 hours a week of instructor led classes, Dynamic Martial Arts offers a wide range of sessions for the whole family to enjoy.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Bullying
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
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The Performance.Net West Auckland

We tutor Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre. The ‘big idea’ of this education is to nurture and promote skills that will be the key to future success. Our aim is to develop young people who can present themselves to the world with pride and confidence.

Location

  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Dance
  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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Parents Centres New Zealand

We believe that parenting is everything and that great parents will grow great children! We work with parents to equip them with the best in knowledge, skills and support so that they can be the best parents they can possibly be.

Locations

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

Specialities

  • Family Relationships
  • Health & Development Concerns
  • Parenting Skills
  • Sleep
  • Special Needs
  • Trauma & Grief
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Cellfield Pakuranga

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!

Location

  • East Auckland

Specialities

  • Reading
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Stuttering Treatment and Research Trust (START)

START is the only organisation in NZ that specialises in providing effective, best practice treatment & support to children who stutter and their families.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Bullying
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Speech and Language
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