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Challenging behaviour

coffee4girls Community member Posts: 1 Listener
edited January 2018 in Autism and neurodiversity
I work with a lady with autism an learning difficulties she shows challenging behaviour but shows a good understanding of her behaviour, she like to be the center of attention an if she doesn’t get her way she threatens to hit others an then follows though with her threat . Should there be conceqences for this behaviour? 


  • Pippa_Alumni
    Pippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,793 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @coffee4girls, and welcome to the community! 

    I've moved this post into our Ask an ASD advisor category to see if Violet can offer any input here! 
  • Sam_Alumni
    Sam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,671 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @coffee4girls

    This is the information we have on our challenging behaviour pages.

    Managing challenging behaviour
    • Make sure the individual feels valued and listened to.
    • Make sure that where communication disorders exist, the individual has a method of communicating effectively.
    • Give the individual other ways of communicating a need.
    • Reduce, where necessary, expectations of the individual and of care staff.
    • Determine triggers in the environment, such as noise or attitudes and beliefs in carers that might provoke or maintain challenging behaviour.
    • Help the individual and their carers to recognise distress.
    • Develop the individual's coping strategies for dealing with problems.
    • Anticipate potential problems and intervening where appropriate (for example, by providing additional support, redirection to another activity or reducing noise level).
    • Training and support for care staff in prevention and management of problems.
    • Care staff sharing knowledge and expertise.
    • Provision of a variety of activities and materials that are appropriate and meaningful.
    • Ensuring appropriate levels of support.
    • Ensuring that all involved with an individual provide a consistent approach.
    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.

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