Managing and dealing with challenging behaviour is our core focus. And the people we support all have some kind of behaviour that challenges. But that’s OK because our team is challenging behaviour trained and qualified and skilled in providing challenging behaviour strategies and implementing challenging behaviour care plans.
Formally speaking, challenging behaviour has been described as “culturally abnormal behaviour(s) of such intensity, frequency or duration that their physical safety is likely to be placed in jeopardy or their behaviour impacts their access to ordinary community facilities.”
In terms of our day to day we believe that challenging behaviour is used by people with learning disabilities as a means of communication or a person attempting to get a need met, for example a sensory need or aversion to stimulus such as getting away from a noise or physical contact.
Types of behaviours that can be exhibited include :
- Hurting others (e.g. hair pulling, hitting, head-butting)
- Self-injury (e.g. head banging, eye poking, hand biting)
- Destructive behaviours (e.g. throwing things, breaking furniture, tearing things up)
- Eating inedible objects (e.g. cigarette butts, pen lids, bedding)
- Other behaviours (e.g. spitting, smearing, repetitive rocking stripping off, running away)
We develop a positive behavioural support plan with the person with aims to understand the reason why a behaviour is being presented, which is formally referred to as the function. A functional assessment is completed by a member of the behavioural support team which informs the development of the PSBP.
As the people we support get the right support, gain in confidence and learn new skills we often see some amazing outcomes where people’s behaviour becomes more settled or the intensity reduces.