Early years: Low level disruption e.g. interruptions, fiddling

Suggested strategies and links.

Strategies and approaches

  • Differentiate your use of voice, gesture and body language.
  • Focus on reducing anxiety and thereby behaviours.
  • Use positive reinforcement of expectations through verbal scripts and visual prompts.
  • Focus on the behaviour and what it is you would like the child to do – what is it that you (the adulty) want to achieve? Provide support to achieve the aim.
  • Ensure a prosocial, relational approach is taken to managing behaviour not a punitive behaviourist approach.


Low arousal approach information.