Behaviour Management Techniques We Use
Below is the guidance our coaches receive about managing behaviour.
Capital Gymnastics expects everyone involved with the club to abide by our Code of Conduct. The main objective of the Code of Conduct is to maintain responsible behaviour by participants.
If a participant is displaying behaviour that is disruptive, not following instructions or behaving in a way that may cause injury to themselves or others the coach may take disciplinary action.
When responding to challenging behaviour staff will apply various techniques in the first instance, that may include the following:
• Reinforce good behaviour by finding something to praise, almost anything will do BUT make it genuine.
• Give clear, simple instructions; some children can only cope with one or two instructions at a time.
• State simply all relevant rules or boundaries in a calm, quiet manner, several times if necessary. (Do not introduce consequences at this stage).
• The next stage is to state calmly and quietly the negative consequence of not complying to the rules set.
• Children should be given a chance to “get back on task” possibly giving them a time limit
• Ignore unwanted behaviour. Offer help with another task making no reference to the misbehavior. Praising another child who is behaving well and is getting on with the task may be effective.
• Distract the child by asking them to help with another task e.g. collecting something for you or passing on a message.
• Remove the temptation to misbehave or change the setting or activity.
• Specify the inappropriate behaviour and ensure the child knows it is the behaviour not the child that is unacceptable.
If the behaviour does not improve or there is an ongoing pattern of disruption it may become necessary to impose some disciplinary action to improve the situation. Action taken should be particular to the child’s individual circumstances and personality.
• The child may be given a 5-minute time out then asked to join back in the group.
• If the behaviour continues a second time out may be given or the parent/caregiver contacted (especially where the behaviour poses a health and safety risk to the child or other participants).
• Parent/caregiver asked to collect the child.