Managing Challenging Behaviour at School and at Home

Each individual’s behaviour has meaning behind it. We use Positive Behaviour therapy to identify what a child is trying to communicate with their behaviour. We get to the root cause of your autistic child’s needs and wants and teach them positive ways to get their needs met.

There are different factors that are taken into account when managing challenging behaviours:

The definition of problem behaviour – every single person the child interacts with will have their own definition of what is appropriate and inappropriate behaviour. This can be dependent on culture and childhood experiences. It is important that parents, school teachers and the student have a standardised definition of what the problem behaviour is.
Behaviour is dependent on the student and the situation – we will expect the outcome of a management strategy on each child to be different based on age, level of functioning & awareness.

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.

Managing Challenging Child Behaviour

Are you struggling with your child’s behaviour at home or at school? Challenging behaviours are often extremely complex. For some individuals, a specific behaviour can occur for multiple reasons and for others, several different behaviours can occur for the same reason. Behaviour is hard to manage because the triggers and motivations vary widely between individuals.

This is why a Functional Behaviour Assessment by a Behaviour Analyst is essential for understanding and identifying the cause and triggers behind difficult behaviour.

By understanding the reasons children display challenging behaviour, we can start to develop evidence-based behaviour intervention plans to support and teach the child more positive, meaningful behaviours.

Get Child Behaviour Support

There are many different reasons behind challenging behaviour that is sometimes displayed in children with Autism, or those with learning disabilites and other mental health/emotional issues. Our Child Behaviour Specialist can identify these reasons.

A person’s unique circumstances and history (in particular where trauma, abuse or neglect have been experienced) must be considered to fully understand the behaviour that is challenging.

To appropriately manage challenging behaviour, we must understand why the behaviour is being presented in the first place. If the behaviour is not understood and is solely eliminated, then another (possibly more severe) behaviour may take its place as individuals attempt to communicate their needs.

If you need help with managing your child’s behaviour, please get in touch and one of our Child Behaviour Specialists will contact you.

Behaviours that Challenge – The National Picture

Due to recent investigations into the care of people with learning disabilities and 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.

How All Behaviour Consultancy can support the National service model

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.

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