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.

ICONZ – The Boys’ Brigade in NZ Inc

ICONZ and Boys’ Brigade offer weekly adventure based programmes for boys, mentored by men of integrity whose desire it is too see kiwi boys become kiwi icons. Programmes are specifically designed to develop practical life skills and encourage values such as discipline, integrity, respect.

Locations

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

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Bullying
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Pre-employment, Careers & Life Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Water sports & activities
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Rocket Ropes

Rocket Ropes is a high ropes adventure park offering a unique mix of exciting aerial challenges for all ages, across low and high ropes. A thrilling and challenging fun day out for the whole family!

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
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Cellfield Remuera

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

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Reading
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Aurora Associates

I offer you brief or long term interventions for children, adolescents and adults. Assisting with a range of life challenges, I help create a new outlook on life.

Location

  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • ADHD & Other Behaviour Disorders
  • Behaviour Concerns
  • Family Relationships
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Creative Harmony Arts Therapy

Creative Harmony Arts Therapy offers a psychotherapeutic approach to therapy that utilises the expressive arts to enable children and teenagers to express and explore thoughts, feelings and concerns that are sometimes too difficult to put into words.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Special Needs
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
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The Totara Clinic

Totara Clinic helps young people affected by a wide range of anxiety and depressive disorders including OCD, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety and mild to severe depression. Using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) which is a practical approach and is the most widely researched therapy with proven success. A safe, supportive and confidential therapy that aims to children and young adults to become independent and self-managing.

Location

  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Behaviour Concerns
  • Bullying
  • Depression & Mood
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
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Little Kickers Auckland Central

Little Kickers is the largest global provider of Football classes to children under 7. Little Kickers gives your child a positive introduction to sport by teaching high quality Football (Soccer) skills in a friendly, fun, pressure-free environment. With four different classes tailored specifically to the needs of children between 18 months and seven years, and 40 venues throughout New Zealand, It’s the perfect way to ignite an enthusiasm for sport that will stay with them for life.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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Little Kickers Auckland East

Little Kickers is the largest global provider of Football classes to children under 7. Little Kickers gives your child a positive introduction to sport by teaching high quality Football (Soccer) skills in a friendly, fun, pressure-free environment. With four different classes tailored specifically to the needs of children between 18 months and seven years, and 40 venues throughout New Zealand, It’s the perfect way to ignite an enthusiasm for sport that will stay with them for life.

Location

  • East Auckland

Specialities

  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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STEPSforward Family Services and Support Centre

STEPSforward offers free confidential services to support families/whānau and the community to contribute to the overall well-being of children and families. Services in social work, family support, finance/budgeting planning and education programmes to empower and strengthen families/whānau to work towards solutions.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Family Relationships
  • Parenting Skills
  • Pre-employment, Careers & Life Skills
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Trauma & Grief
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Focus Hearing

Focus Hearing’s Audiology Team take an interactive approach to identify, diagnose and treat children with hearing disorders. We also identify how hearing disorders affect communication within case specific environments.

Locations

  • East Auckland
  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Hearing
  • Posture, Balance, Flexibility & Strength
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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