SEMH Support Strategies

You may need to:

• ensure a consistent approach to the child's behavioural difficulties by all members of staff by developing positive behaviour management strategies

• encourage the provision of a positive classroom environment

• have group and class discussions (circle time) to focus on problems and give all children opportunities to air their views in a controlled environment

• set up small social skills groups for pupils who have difficulties in particular areas, such as anger management or relating to other children

• develop social interaction through games and paired problem-solving activities

• give short, clearly defined tasks

• encourage the development of ICT skills to increase motivation

• provide activities that encourage the building of self-esteem

• give pupils opportunities to express their feelings through the use of puppets or role-play in pairs or small groups

• develop positive links between older and younger pupils

• arrange for support input from the educational psychologist or the behavioural support team (such as implementing the circle of friends approach to promote inclusion)

• arrange for counselling or family support provision usually through either the Educational Welfare Service, the Family Centre or the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).