Tips for Caring for a Child with Severe Behavioral Concerns
Here's some tips for you if you are caring for a foster child with severe behavioral concerns
1) Document everything - keep a written journal to document daily behaviors & triggers. Be sure you quantify how many times a certain behavior occurs. (e.g., child hits 4x a day and has a meltdown 3x a day)
This also helps with allegation prevention.
2) Report major incidences - if there are safety concerns or injuries to the child or others, report this immediately to the SW and therapist.
This also helps with allegation prevention. The child may also qualify for a specialized rate.
3) Request Assessments - request a psychological & developmental assessment. Follow up weekly on the status of the assessment until it happens.
After an assessment, the child may be referred for in home behavioral support or other services.
A diagnosis may qualify the child for a specialized rate.
Lastly, a child's intellectual or developmental disability may be the reason the child is behaving the way they are. Having a diagnosis allows the foster parent to modify their parenting to best suit the child's specific needs.
4) Request support - seek out a local support group or respite care - your self care is critical for the support of this child.
5) Learn & Implement - research and get extra training to best support the child and their needs. Don't be afraid to try new parenting methods! Trial and error is part of the process.
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