Understanding and Responding to Behaviours that Challenge


“But I want to be good!”

Niki Buchan

“But I Want to Be Good!” Understanding and Responding to Behaviours that Challenge delves into the practical and insightful guidance on how educators and early childhood services can effectively support children displaying challenging behaviours in early childhood settings. Drawing on the author’s four decades of professional and personal experience in early years education, particularly with children with diverse and significant needs, this book offers grounded strategies and approaches.

Key features of the book include:

  1. Understanding Neurodiversity and Trauma: Exploring the complexities of neurodiversity and trauma and their impact on children’s behaviour.
  2. Strategies for Response: Providing practical strategies for responding to challenging behaviours in a supportive and effective manner.
  3. Proactive Approach: Focusing on prevention and proactive measures to mitigate the impact on educator well-being when dealing with persistent challenging behaviours.

This resource equips educators and early childhood services with the knowledge and tools needed to understand, respond to, and support children with challenging behaviours, ultimately fostering a more inclusive and supportive learning environment.


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Niki Buchan

Niki Buchan is CEO and owner of Natural Learning Educational Consultancy. She has lived and worked in South Africa, Australia and is now based in Scotland. She works internationally as a conference keynote speaker, nature pedagogue, mentor and author having been invited to work in Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Iceland, Sweden, South Korea, China, Norway, Denmark and South Africa. She has developed a reputation as a strong advocate for children’s right to a high-quality childhood with a deep concern about children’s mental health and trauma.

Niki trusts children as being capable and competent, respects their ability to know what they need for their development including assessing and taking risks. She has a great love for the outdoors and has been working with both adults and young children in very consultative, naturalistic and sensorial environments both indoors and outdoors for more than 40 years. She believes children have a right to regular access to nature and to have their voices heard in matters that affect them.

Additional Information
Weight 0.28 kg
Dimensions 297 × 210 × 7 cm