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Hi, I’m Deb Hopper, Occupational Therapist and Amazon number one bestselling author from Life Skills 4 Kids. I just wanted to touch base this month and say hi.
We’ve been active in lots of exciting things this year, including being involved and published in the Great Health Guide, a monthly online magazine. We’ve had some fabulous articles there and you’ll see the links in the blog on our website.
So this is a bit of a personal message this month. I would really like to reflect on something that’s been reinforced to me the last few months.  It’s the importance of properly understanding where children are coming from when they’re showing behavioural difficulties and the importance of having time with kids.
Now I am aware that everyone knows the importance of getting down on the floor and connecting by having that special one-to-one time. I really want to challenge you to think about this when you see a child, your child or kids that you work with. If a child is struggling with behaviour, just be with them in the moment. Get down on the floor with them and just try and understand what is happening for them. Have a little list like, are they hungry, are they tired, is their routine out of sorts, is dad or mum away for work at the moment, are there changes that they’re struggling with.
I’ve seen so many children just in my clinic and at schools, as well as my own kids, who just at times struggle with their behaviour, and they just don’t know what to do, they don’t know how to cope with it. I just want to challenge you this month just to look past the behaviour. Don’t make excuses for them, but just try and really understand before you react as to why their behaviour is there.
Take a quick read of our newsletter today and I hope to be able to do more videos like this and really connect with you guys.

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