DEALING WITH
‘BEHAVIOURS WHICH CHALLENGE

WHAT ARE ‘BEHAVIOURS THAT CHALLENGE’?

Behaviour which challenges is any behaviour that puts someone at risk to themselves or others. This can be physical or emotional behaviour and often has a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life and their ability to engage in positive relationships. It is often seen in people with health problems that affect communication and the brain, but can also be common amongst children and adults who experience emotional difficulties.

SYMPTOMS OF CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR

‘Behaviour which challenges’ can take many different forms and this list is not exhaustive:  

Hitting, biting and scratching

Verbal abuse

Self harm

Head-banging, pulling hair out

Aggression

Inappropriate sexualised behaviour

Disinhibited or impulsive behaviour

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THERAPIES FOR CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

Couples Therapy

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)

Family therapy

Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)

Counselling

Child and adolescent psychology

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