Challenging the Story: A Surprisingly Simple Approach to Support Children with Challenging Behaviours

Supporting kids with challenging behaviours can be difficult – but change the narrative, and you may be surprised.

Most children will behave in challenging ways at some point, but persistent and difficult-to-deal-with behaviours can have a negative impact on relationships and learning.

For educators, health professionals and caregivers who find traditional methods of behaviour management ineffective, Challenging The Story offers a fresh perspective and actionable strategies for positive change.

Read this book to:

• Approach challenging behaviours with curiosity and compassion

• Apply innovative, proven strategies to encourage positive behaviour while treating kids with respect and kindness

• Build strong bonds with children and create an environment of trust and mutual respect

• Improve your skills in dealing with difficult behaviours in a variety of scenarios

• Guide children towards significant, lasting change and a new, more positive narrative for a brighter future

Meet David Jereb

Dave Jereb is a visionary paediatric occupational therapist who has shown unwavering commitment to enhancing the lives of children for over two decades. Dave and his equally dedicated wife, Kathy, co-founded MoveAbout Therapy Services in 2008 and have revolutionised paediatric occupational therapy in Australia. Central to Dave’s philosophy is the belief ‘We support the people who support the kids’.
Dave passionately advocates the best way to assist children is by empowering the adults in their lives –parents, caregivers, allied health professionals and educators –with the tools to read, understand and positively influence their behaviour. This core principle is evident in MoveAbout’s promise to offer unparalleled therapy and support, ensuring that children, regardless of their differences, have the opportunity to lead meaningful lives and become valued and valuable members of their communities.
A staunch advocate for continuous learning and development, Dave, in collaboration with Kathy, crafted the MoveAbout Activity Cards and
developed transformative workshops, including ‘A Dynamic Approach to Regulation and Behaviour’ and ‘Connecting with Kids with ASD’. Dave’s contributions also include co-presenting the online course ‘STEPPSI: A Tool For Effective Clinical Reasoning’ with Tracy Stackhouse, and the in-person
live course ‘Sensory Defensiveness: A Comprehensive Treatment Approach’ alongside Dr Julia Wilbarger.
Beyond the bounds of MoveAbout, Dave has been a guiding star to early career OTs and the businesses who employ them, battling burnout and striving to nurture their professional growth. As a mentor and coach, he’s passionate about uplifting the community, fostering connections and injecting a playful spirit into the process of lifelong learning. His expertise shines through multiple platforms, from podcasts like Chatabout Children with Sonia Bestulic, Private Practice Made Perfect with Cathy Love, Run Like Clockwork and Holly the OT Podcast to enriching series on the MoveAbout Therapy Services YouTube channel, such as Beach Topics and MoveAbout Supervision Sessions.
In every endeavour, Dave brings along his relentless dedication, keen insights and an unwavering spirit of service. With his vast experience and a heart anchored in making a difference, he is undeniably shaping a brighter future for paediatric OT in Australia.