Understanding behaviour

One of the most common questions Christine Zuvela, Centre Director of SDN Beranga Lighthouse, is asked by early childhood educators is how do I stop them from having a meltdown?

The key, according to Christine, who also has a master’s degree in Autism Studies, is to understand that all behaviour is a form of communication.

“It’s important that families understand that they can’t control this, understanding it will help their child as well as themselves in the long run.” Christine said.

Christine advises checking out Dan Siegel’s Flip your Lid analogy to help families understand what happens to the brain when the child is in meltdown.

“The Flip your Lid analogy highlights that when children are in meltdown, they have lost their rational skills such as their communication, memory and problem solving skills.” Christine said. “Looking at this analogy it becomes pretty clear that this is not the time to try and teach or change behaviour. All the family can do in those times is acknowledge how the child is feeling and make sure everyone is safe.”

Watch Dan Siegel’s Flip your Lid Analogy:

Christine is presenting the following free family workshops:

Tuesday 31 October, 6.30pm -8.30pm, Panthers Bathurst- Register now 

Wednesday 15 November, 5pm-7pm, Namadgi School, Kambah- Register now

SDN Beranga Lighthouse is a purpose built, specialised centre in Rooty Hill that supports children with autism spectrum disorder and their families.