Challenging behaviour is a term used to describe those behaviours that threaten the quality of life and/or physical safety of an individual or others. Some common examples of challenging behaviour include:
- aggressive outbursts
- self-injury, including ingesting or inhaling foreign bodies
- property destruction
- socially inappropriate behaviour
When faced with challenging behaviour, we are often driven by the need to minimise the risk of immediate harm and to stop the behaviour in its tracks. The "challenge" can be very real, and our reactions can be highly emotive and stressful, taking their toll on our own health and wellbeing, as well as the person we are caring for.
A behaviour support service therefore aims to design effective and realistic strategies which:
- address the immediate risk, and
- promote a better quality of life for everyone concerned.
Families and carers are involved throughout the development of behaviour support strategies. All those involved in caring for the person are trained in how to implement the strategies successfully and consistently.Read more about behaviour support services.