Everybody communicates through behaviour. A baby may cry when she is hungry just like an
adult may yawn when he is bored at work. Adults and children are communicating something
through their behaviour during every moment in every day, even if they are not aware of it.
Challenging or inappropriate behaviour is therefore a form of communication. As a school which
supports children identified as having communication and interactions difficulties, social
emotional mental health and cognition and learning difficulties, the children at Courtlands at
times do use challenging behaviour to communicate unmet needs. It is therefore crucial that
our aims as a school are to understand and recognise behaviour as a communication in order to
effectively support the children and enable them to develop communication strategies to
empower them and remove self -esteem and behaviour as barrier to their learning.