How to deal with challenging behaviour in adults

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What is Challenging Behaviour?

Challenging behaviour is described as a behaviour that causes significant distress or danger to a person that causes concern to others.

Challenging behaviour can include:

Aggression, self-harm, destructiveness, and disruptiveness.

The term challenging behaviour is based on theories, which you will learn about, if you select this unit.

It is worth knowing that the term challenging behaviour is always under review, recently it has been changed to behaviours that challenge. The current thoughts are that it should be changed to individuals who are distressed.

As part of the course, you will discover the reasons for the purposed name change.

As a Carer, it is important to try to understand why the person you support has become distressed.

Understanding the triggers is the easiest way to support the individual, prevention being better. The triggers should be identified in a support plan.

The support plan should also give you the information you need on how to calm the situation down.

This can be as simple as giving the person some space and time, or removing the trigger.

Never be confrontational or assume you know how the individual is feeling. Experiences are different for all.

Always ensure someone is there to help you.

As a Carer or Team Member support should be available for you after any incidents. Always take the support, even if it a ten-minute coffee break.

To learn more about how to deal with challenging behaviours in adults, Access Skills offer Level 3 and Level 5 diplomas in Adult Care for those in carer and managerial positions. If you would like to know more about this, visit our website, or give us a call on 0121 510 2169 (option 1) today.


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