Attention Seeking Behaviours

The first thing to remember when you feel that a CYP is displaying attention seeking behaviour is that it is a form of communication. Your job as the adult is to work out what the CYP is trying to say to you through their behaviour.  Sometimes, the need for attention can culminate in any attention being craved, including negative attention.  It is the aim to change this for the CYP and give attention for positive reasons.

As with any behaviour that you may find challenging, check the underlying need; use the roadmap of support to ensure that you have explored common reasons for attention seeking behaviours. 

Disruptive behaviours

Poor social and emotional understanding