What is challenging behaviour?
Challenging behaviour is when a person behaves in a way that challenges people around them – for example, being aggressive or violent to others, self-harming, or having tantrums.
People with learning disabilities, autism, brain injuries and complex needs often face many difficulties in day-to-day life. These can vary from problems communicating with or understanding other people, and following instructions, to managing household tasks and getting around. This can lead to frustration and result in challenging behaviour.
Challenging behaviour can have other causes; for example, if someone is in pain or unhappy, but can’t express themselves in appropriate ways. For them, exhibiting behaviour that challenges can be the only way communicate to other people that something is wrong.
What is positive behaviour support?
Put simply – and as the name suggests – positive behaviour support involves supporting and encouraging more positive and healthy behaviour. It is widely accepted as the best way of supporting people whose behaviour is challenging.
We know that everyone is different and we wholly embrace that. Each person’s problems and obstacles are unique to them – and that is at the very heart of everything we do. It also underpins the concept of positive behaviour support.
Positive behaviour support is based on addressing the reasons why a person exhibits challenging behaviour, understanding the circumstances that lead to it, and working with the individual and their family to change it.
How do you ensure the individual you support is fully involved?
Everything we do takes a person-centred approach. This means that when we work with a person and their family, we listen to what they want and what matters to them, so they are always at the centre of conversations and decisions.
This is particularly important when it comes to positive behaviour support, because understanding the person’s own individual behaviours, and what makes them tick, lies at the heart of successfully tackling that behaviour.
We get to know the person and their family, and work with them to adapt the way we deliver positive behaviour support to make sure it’s shaped around the individual. Only when support is tailored to each person’s needs can it have maximum effect.
Our staff are fully trained in positive behaviour support approaches, and work with individuals to empower them to:
replace challenging behaviours with more positive and appropriate ones
boost personal skills, confidence and competence
lead a healthier and happier lifestyle
improve their quality of life.
We use best-practice techniques to challenge difficult behaviour, actively and positively engaging with the individual through structured activities in consistent and stable environments. This supports social, communication and interaction skills, and ongoing motivation and encouragement helps to sustain it.
How can Walsingham Support help me with positive behaviour support?
If you, a member of your family, or someone you care for would like more information or advice, or have any questions about positive behaviour support and the options available to you, get in touch with us.
We’re here to offer guidance and support, wherever you are and whatever you need.
Call us on 0333 405 1030*
You can also fill out the form at the bottom of this page and we’ll get back to you.
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