||Kids Behavior Coaching
-Achieving Flexibility and Performance.
A major barrier to improving kidís behavior and/or
performance is rigid thinking or habitual responses they
have formed from previous experience. Parents, teachers
and professionals working with kids need to
recognize when a child is persisting with a rigid behavioral pattern and how to help them to adopt a
The need for Kids Behavior
Coach Training Courses
Cognitive and behavior flexibility is a core adaptive
function of the executive control system in the human
brain. An excessively rigid adherence to a predetermined
behavioral pattern prevents a child from appropriately
responding to changing environmental situation.
Performance / task impairments
Children who have behavior inflexibility present a
limited range of self-generated behaviors (reactions,
feelings and actions) that frequently leads to a
breakdown in task functioning, and in many cases -stress
and acceptance of lower levels of accomplishment or
Perseveration (repeated behavior), in its broadest
conceptualization, can occur at a variety of levels from
simple motor behaviors -verbal utterances, and
perseveration of affect in mood and anxiety disorders.
Hence, the need for children to learn how to flex from a
wide behavioral pattern, dependent on the situation.
Whether at home, the classroom or with friends,
children need to look at situations from multiple
perspectives. Here are two examples:
1) If a child is attempting a challenging maths
question, do they try to solve the problem using
different strategies? Students will frequently attempt
to solve a problem using the method they know best. If
they canít solve the problem with that strategy, they
may state that the problem is impossible.
2) A child might have a play date arranged at a friendís
home. But, at the last minute the date is cancelled due
to the friendís illness. For those children who struggle
with cognitive flexibility the cancelled date is not
easy to accept or adjust to. Children with rigid
thinking may become emotional and distressed as they
struggle to understand that they can reschedule and do
something different and still have fun that day instead.
The ability to use different thinking strategies and
Behavior flexibility indicates nimble, divergent
thinking, developing new approaches, the ability to see
and leverage new connections, and the propensity to work
well across a range of situations. Children who have
learnt behavior flexibility readily learn from
experience and recognize when habitual approaches donít
Children with low behavior flexibility can suffer
higher levels of stress, less growth and optimism.
Conversely, individuals with heightened behavior
flexibility exhibit enhanced resilience to change and
self-efficacy. Clinical studies have shown that children
with very low levels of flexibility exhibit increased
psychopathology characterized in affective, anxiety, and
The good news is that behavior flexibility can be
heightened in most children to help them progress to
their next level of success and beyond. To create a
safe space that allows all children to shine and be
successful requires they develop a flexible behavior
Behavior flexibility is about:
- Having the ability to change the actions you have,
when they donít deliver the outcome you are looking for.
- Trying to do things differently when you discover they
donít work, or because you are not getting the results
you are looking for.
- Taking the time to step beyond your comfort zone.
- Ultimately, behavior flexibility is about saying
ďhow can I change my behavioral drivers that will result
in a different and improved outcome?Ē
The BOTTOM LINE
It is our ability to flexibly undertake new challenges
that is the greatest source of sustainability. Like
learning to walk, forcing ourselves out of balance as we
step is the only way in which we can move forward. And
it is the only way that human flourishing can be
Itís simple really. If we desire to have children get
the best results possible then itís time to teach them
to explore variations on their behavior and reach new
levels of success by adapting and adjusting.
Ultimately, itís about learning who you really are.
Developing behavioral flexibility provides a journey of
self-discovery for children for exploring their
personalities, their potential, their lives, and the
HOW TO INCREASE A CHILD'S BEHAVIOR FLEXIBILITY
Flexible / Modifiable Behavior versus Fixed Behavior
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