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.

LifeSpark

Founded on the belief that food should be enjoyable as well as healthy, we offer personalised dietary plans for a range of needs and education programmes for parents & schools.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland

Specialities

  • Digestive Disorders
  • Disordered eating
  • Eating Disorders
  • Food Allergy & Intolerance
  • Parenting Skills
  • Performance Nutrition & Healthy Eating
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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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Wellington Phoenix Soccer School

Based in Auckland, the Wellington Phoenix Soccer School provides fun soccer programmes for boys and girls from the ages of 5 – 17 years of age. We work on developing players of all ability levels and providing programmes to cater for player’s individual wants and needs.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • North Shore
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Outdoor Sports & Activities
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
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Brain / Body In Synch

Educational and developmental Kinesiology and Brain Gym are used in one to one sessions to overcome learning and emotional blocks, and integrate primitive reflexes.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Teacher & Parent Education
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Soul 2 Sole Movement Studio

Soul 2 Sole gives children of all ages the opportunity to get fit and have fun with aerobic gymnastics and dance. Whether the goal is to simply enjoy or to reach a competitive standard, Sole 2 Sole is the perfect place to meet new friends and have a great time.

Location

  • East Auckland

Specialities

  • Dance
  • Indoor Sports & Activities
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
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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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Auckland Eye

Auckland Eye is New Zealand's centre of excellence for eye care, and our specialist paediatric ophthalmologists can help with any concerns you may have about your child's eyesight. A tailored approach that provides the best possible outcome for our patients and as New Zealand’s largest ophthalmic group we have every aspect of eye care covered, so you won’t be referred on to another clinic.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Eyesight
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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QRS Therapy 4 Children

Our team of professional specialists offer therapy for children and young people between the ages of new born to 18 years affected by sensory, motor, communication, learning and behavioural difficulties.

Locations

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

Specialities

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Brain Development & Brain Injury
  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Handwriting
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Speech and Language
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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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Helen O’Grady Drama Academy

We provide after school classes where, through drama, students build confidence and self-esteem, improve their verbal and listening skills, explore their imagination, perform and have great fun all at the same time.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Creative Arts
  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Speech and Language
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