The Behaviorist Buzz


It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of the school year. This school year has been filled with many challenges, unknowns, and changes. As we come to the end of the school year, we celebrate all of the amazing things students have learned and accomplished. One of the things to celebrate is how flexible and resilient students were throughout. The end of the school year is an exciting time, but also a time students face ANOTHER change! They will no longer have the same predictable routine. At school, they know what to expect and when to expect it. 

Children are not always able to communicate what they are feeling or even why they are feeling a particular way. When there is a change in routine, you may see a change in your child’s behavior. It is their way of letting you know that something is going on; unfortunately, it typically is through undesirable/negative behavior. You may see more emotional outbursts, defiance, or they may seem more withdrawn. It is important to remember that behavior is communication.  

What can you do to help your child with change? 

  • Give them time to prepare if possible. Let them know what changes are coming up and what they can expect.

  • Help them label their feeling- “I wonder if you may be feeling ________” or “It looks like you may be feeling a little _______.”

  • Validate their feelings- let them know what they are feeling is okay. 

  • Give them time to talk and listen to their concerns.

Congratulations to all our families and students! You have made it through one of the most challenging years, you have hung in there and finished strong! Looking forward to the 2021-2022 school year! Have a great summer!