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Challenging behaviour describes a wide range of behaviours that people with learning, communication and other difficulties can show. What is the link between challenging behaviour and disability?
Challenging behaviour used to be described as ‘problem behaviour’ or ‘difficult behaviour’ or ‘socially unacceptable behaviour’. But in recent years, the term challenging behaviour reflects the fact that some of the behaviours are a challenge to professionals, teachers, carers and parents.
That means the person showing these behaviours is not a ‘problem’ to be fixed, or someone doing something ‘wrong’, but that the behaviour is a sign that something isn’t working.
It shows that there is some need being unfulfilled, or a problem with communication.
In essence it is that there is something going wrong that needs to be addressed, not that there is a person doing something wrong who needs to be stopped.
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