How can you manage challenging behaviour?

If one of your loved ones displays challenging behaviour, you will probably find that their intentions are often misunderstood by others which can present challenges when managing behaviour.

What could these behaviours be?

Before effectively managing challenging behaviour, you must recognise what these behaviours are and why they are being displayed.

According to The Challenging Behaviour Foundation, these behaviours could include:

  • Destructive behaviours
  • Self-injury
  • Destructive behaviours
  • Eating inedible objects
  • Other behaviours including spitting or running off

Why are these behaviours displayed?

The intentions behind these behaviours are often misunderstood.

Young children, who do not yet have the skills to communicate their needs, will use these behaviours to get what they want.

However, some individuals with learning difficulties may continue to present challenging behaviours due to struggling with effectively communicating.

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation describes this as a way for a person to control their environment.

How can you manage this?

Challenging behaviour not only has an impact on the person displaying it but also on you, as the friends or family.

Whilst these behaviours are used as a way of communicating, you must try to encourage more positive behaviour from your loved one.

At Synergy Complex Care, our Support Workers are trained to use Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approaches which focus on changing how the person communicates.

We focus on equipping individuals with the right tools to communicate their wishes less destructively, as well as rewarding consistent positive responses.

This can be a long process, so it is vital that you understand the frustrations that the individual is facing and support them throughout.

Do you need support for yourself or a loved one? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.

Posted in Children, Complex behaviour.