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Ladybug discipline policy

“What is Discipline?”

The word “discipline” is derived from the word “disciple”. It describes the teaching/learning process by which children develop socially acceptable and appropriate behaviour as they grow to maturity. Its intention is to help children become self-disciplined as they learn appropriate behaviour patterns. Discipline involves a continuous process of guiding behaviour and is offered while acceptable behaviour is occurring, as well as before, during and after unacceptable behaviour.

Temper tantrums

Prevention techniques

Intervention techniques

Holding techniques

Temper tantrums

Children often convey their negative emotions with behaviour rather than words. Ladybug staff encourages children to develop their awareness and expression of emotions. When children learn to identify and verbalize their feelings, they develop healthy, positive social skills. The Ladybug Supervisor (or Supported Child Care staff) will intervene when children have temper tantrums. Managing Verbal …

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Prevention Techniques

- Establish clear, consistent and simple limits – Make statements of expectation, rather than pose questions – Focus on the behaviour, rather than on the child – Offer straightforward explanations for limits – Allow time for children to respond to expectations – Reinforce appropriate behaviour – Encourage children to use you as a resource

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Intervention Techniques

- Gain a child’s attention in a respectful way – Use proximity and touch – Remind – Acknowledge feelings before setting limits – Distract or divert when appropriate – Model problem-solving skills – Offer appropriate choices – Re-direct – Use “time out” only when absolutely necessary

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Holding techniques

In rare situations where a child has lost all control and the ability to reason, he/she may become so upset as to scream or thrash, or when all other strategies have proven unsuccessful in dealing with persistent hitting, this may be an effective strategy. At this time, caregivers will hold the child with just enough …

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