What Can We Do As A Scout Leader If A Boy With Behavior Issues Is Disrupting The Troop?
As a scout leader, role modeling for others is of primary importance. There must be equal respect of others in the room as well as the disruptive child. Your attention must be balanced. With your agenda continually interrupted, remember that you have the Troops full attention even when you might least appreciate it!
When you know you have a child with behavior issues within a group setting, plan. Even if it hasn’t happened yet, plan on the occasion when you might be disrupted in the middle of the program’s agenda. Have a plan ready for this possibility.
When others know what to do when you’re distracted, be it by a telephone call, someone unanticipated arriving at the hall, or a disruptive child, you can focus more closely on the issue at hand. The other members are respectfully being taken care of.
In your conversation with the misbehaving child as troop leader, it is best to default to the assumption that the child is attempting to gain your attention by controlling the environment. With your attention being the child’s goal, do spend time with him during non‑structured time and encourage others to do so as well. Provide him with lots of attention, especially when things are going very well.
While giving this child attention during positive times, help him understand the implication of his actions when he interrupts the entire group. Without judgment, much like a weatherman might talk about a movement of clouds over the continent, you can describe the child’s interruptions impact on the agenda. Again, no judgment, assume that he or she just hadn’t thought of his behavior in that way before.
When the child with behavioral issues doesn’t learn from these staged learning opportunities, you may need to ask for other adult assistance to have the child step aside until less disruptive. Again, no judgment, but this small and low level consequence (that the parents should be made aware of) can be helpful for the entire group to function well.
Children learn in a great variety of methods. What is taught through community organizations and parent lead groups can help children through their entire life. But, sometimes behavior doesn’t always match the circumstances and well-meaning adults need to role model respectful handling of the disruptor. It’s a life skill we all need to consider developing.
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