All behaviour has meaning, we can help to identify what a child is trying to communicate with challenging behaviour and how we can teach them positive ways to get their needs met.
There are different factors that are taken into account when managing challenging behaviours:
To successfully manage problem behaviour, behavioural analysts will need to assess the behaviour across all situations. It is important that both the school and home environment provide the child with consistency.
Due to recent investigations into the care of people with learning disabilities and/or autism who exhibit behaviours that challenge in institutional based settings, it has come to light that the care in such places are at times inadequate and at worst abusive e.g Winterbourne View (Winterbourne View- Time for Change, 2014). Due to such findings, there is a national plan to close inpatient facilities for people with learning disabilities and/or autism who display behaviours that challenge, including those with mental health conditions. The aim is to support individuals with evidence-based strategies in community settings (Building the Right Support, 2015).
A number of recent local and national guidelines (e.g. Transforming Care 2) have highlighted the need to significantly reduce reliance on institutional care to support people with learning disabilities and/or autism (including those with mental health conditions) and decrease dependency on inpatient treatment. Evidence has shown that given the right support and care, individuals with learning disabilities can be cared for in the community or at home enabling them to be close to loved ones.
The benefits of this to the individual are often an improvement in their physical and mental health, reduction in behavioural challenges and an improvement in their overall quality of life.
The goal is that a minimum of 45-65% of CCG commission inpatient services will be closed and 25-40% of NHS-E commissioned capacity will be close capacity, overall 35%-50% of inpatient provision will be closed nationally with alternative care being provided in the community.
However, in order to ensure that individuals are successfully transitioned into the community, staff supporting them will need to be trained in how to recognise, understand and respond to behaviours that challenge.
All Behaviour Consultancy can provide bespoke, high quality training to schools, individuals homes, hospitals and inpatient settings using Functional Behaviour Assessments and Positive Behaviour Support training.