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Challenging Behaviour

Definition


Some children and adults display behaviour which may put themselves or others at risk, or which may prevent the use of ordinary community facilities or a normal home life. This behaviour may include aggression, self injury, stereotyped behaviour or disruptive and destructive behaviours. These behaviours are often not under the control of the individual concerned and are often due to their lack of ability to communicate their needs effectively and appropriately.

Notes


Many people with a learning disability have some difficulties with communication; this may be in understanding what other people are saying or in being able to express themselves. Improving communication is the first step towards reducing or stopping challenging behaviour. Communication is one of the most important ways in which we control our environment and influence other people. If a person's communication skills limit this control, they may become frustrated and challenging behaviour could follow. If this behaviour gets the person what they want or need, it may be more likely to occur in the future.

How we can help


Our therapists can support you to implement a variety of strategies to manage challenging behaviour. These strategies help the individual to establish effective and appropriate ways to communicate, focusing on establishing why the person is behaving that way. These strategies will also help those around the individual to learn how to respond to behaviour in ways that will reduce unwanted behaviour and encourage appropriate behaviour.

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