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Case Study 3: Strategic Action Plan to Encourage the Positive Behaviour of Ruby.

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Case Study 3: Strategic Action Plan to Encourage the Positive Behaviour of Ruby. Outline of Concerns: Causes of Concern for Ruby: -From careful examination of the case study profile, I conclude that Ruby's behaviour is more damaging to herself than others within her classroom environment. -Ruby engages in a continual lack of interaction. On a social level, this will cause isolation from classmates and possible friends, not the best start for a young person beginning school. -Ruby's outright defiance of instructions, activities and rules will translate to a failed progression of learning. As she moves into year 1, she could possibly lack certain skills that are required for average, let alone above average, expectations of achievement. -Refusing to conform to the norms of the classroom will see her fall behind in learning the behaviours that are expected in the educational environment. Causes of Concern for the Setting: -There is the possibility that Ruby's behaviour can alter a positive mood of the setting, which is the classroom environment. Causes of Concern for Other Children/ Adults: -Ruby's distress and subsequent lashing out at adults or children persisting with an insistence to comply with rules or norms could cause physical harm for people involved. Also, actions such as these might set a bad example for other children to follow. Factors to Consider: -Ruby has just turned 4 years old in the previous few months. Is she too young for the classroom setting? Or perhaps, just the fact that it is a new environment that is making Ruby unhappy? ...read more.

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Theories such as 'humanism', 'choice theory', 'systems theory' and 'cognitive behaviourism' will be highlighted through the use of academic research and literature intertwined with the descriptive dialogue pertaining to the strategies selected to improve the behaviour of Ruby. In addition to this, desired outcomes and achievements will be considered and depicted as well as a discussion about the identified potential obstacles to success. During the reading of this case study, please take the time to consider each aspect of the situation and the circumstances that are apparent. With the objective of locating the correct measures of enhancing Ruby's school life, subjectively, try to view the predicament through the eyes of each of the adults involved, and most importantly, through the eyes of Ruby herself. With this and throughout the descriptive analysis of the strategies and theories, challenge yourself to think about key words that are presented such as 'connection', 'trust', 'desire', 'reinforce', 'interaction' and 'expression' as they will all relate directly to Ruby. Before any strategies were chosen, a full observation of Ruby was needed in order to fully integrate any key workers into her case profile. Reading through the initial report on Ruby, a number of vital details were absent. Drawing on Brofenbrenner's 'ecological systems theory', there was certainly a problem within Ruby's school environment, but also, working backwards, how about her family environment? Were her basic needs being met? Was there a problem with the Mum's new partner, new baby, or perhaps, the Mum? This is very sensitive information which would, if possible, take time to retrieve. ...read more.

Conclusion

A star chart scheme guides Ruby to behave in a way that does not violate the rights of others. Finally, a one to one key worker helps to build relationships with adults in a facilitating capacity. Unfortunately there are potential barriers to success. Will Ruby adhere to the workings of a star chart scheme? Is Ruby so isolated that she will shut herself off from the effectual nurturing of circle time discussions and activities? Will the assigned one to one key worker be adequately skilled to handle the fragile nature of Ruby's situation? Are we able to ensure the full cooperation of Ruby's parents? During the rehabilitation process, these factors must be considered, not just at the initial outset but also at various times within the school year. This way of thinking is vital to the success of the main objective. Today, Ruby is isolated, frustrated and emotionally distressed. She does not make friends easily and refuses to engage with adults who she should be able to trust. Utilizing the historical notions behind the theoretical perspectives of 'humanism', 'choice theory', 'systems theory' and 'cognitive behaviourism', we are able to closely analyze details of Ruby's predicament. Building on the development and progression of these theories, enhanced strategies are considered and implemented with a view to positively reinforce Ruby's behaviour. Through difficult moments and pressing behaviours, desired outcomes are noted, positive behaviour achieved and words like 'connection', 'trust', 'desire', 'reinforce', 'interaction' and 'expression' are all synonymous with Ruby's school experience. Obstacles and barriers are overcome by altruistic integrity displayed by caring adults. Tomorrow, Ruby is happy, energetic and enthusiastic. She has plenty of friends, enjoys going to school and is exceptional in reaching her learning initiatives. Word count: 1679. Total word count: 2738. ...read more.

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