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There are few golden rules in supporting people who display challenging behaviour.
One is that happy people tend not to challenge. Find out what makes the person happy and make it happen more in their life, then you may find that the behaviour starts to disappear.
Challenging behaviour is often seen in people with learning disability and other types of impairment. This behaviour represents a challenge to us to address something that is not working in that person's life.
It's reasonable to expect that with comprehensive assessment, appropriate levels of stimulation, communication techniques, carer support and consistency, encouragement and teaching of new coping skills, behaviour can be managed effectively.
It's important to set realistic goals for the individual and aim to increase the person’s quality of life and minimise the impact of the behaviours displayed.
Tips from parents and professionals who have experience of challenging behaviour
I find it really interesting when I notice a behaviour which is so obviously autistic but which could be overlooked.
By Noel Janis-Norton, learning and behaviour specialist, parenting advisor & author
Hi, my name is Gina and I'm working as a Behavioural Support Practitioner with adults with learning disabilities, autism and challenging behaviours in the NHS.
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