Behaviours that challenge training

Behaviours that challenge


Describes the difficult or problem behaviours that challenge exhibited by individuals.

 Behaviours that challenge is not however limited to people with learning disabilities,

Behaviours that challenge by the individual displays maybe,

  • Aggression (e.g., hitting, kicking, biting)

  • Destruction (e.g., ripping clothes, breaking windows, throwing objects)

  • Self-injury (e.g., head banging, self-biting, skin picking)

  • Tantrums

  • Other behaviours (e.g. running away, eating inedible objects, rocking or other stereotyped movements)

Behaviours that challenge puts the safety of the person


In jeopardy and some behaviours that challenge has a major impact on the person’s (or other people’s) quality of life.


Behaviours that challenge vary from person to person and some behaviours result in serious injury (e.g. blindness, brain damage from eye poking or head banging).


Other behaviours that challenge  do not have such immediately serious consequences but will be upsetting, disruptive or stressful.


Behaviours that challenge is generally more common in people with learning disabilities than in people without disabilities.

There are variations


When looking at specific behaviours that challenge and specific age groups.

Significant self injury occurs in between 3% and 12% of children attending schools for those with severe learning disabilities.

Serious violent behaviour (especially involving the use of weapons) is less common amongst adults with learning disabilities than other adults.


These behaviours that challenge  present significant challenges to carers, the person's own health and safety is also at risk, it can also place others in jeopardy.

In most cases behaviours that challenge occurs when a person who has little control over their life, tries to exercise some power

  • E.g. screaming to attract attention

  • E.g. pushing someone away if they do not want to be with them

Behaviours that challenge


Also occurs when there is frustration at the inability to make others understand what the person needs.

Behaviours that challenge is sometimes linked to mental health problems such as depression or to neurotransmitter abnormalities.


There is extensive evidence about the relative effectiveness of different ways to help people with behaviours that challenge. The most important way is to talk to the person themselves, find out what is bothering them and see if you can put it right.

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What do learners receive?

  • Course notes

  • Certificate

Course Length

6 Hours

Number of attendees


Attendees minimum 6 to maximum 15



This training course is available as in-house training at a venue of your own choice throughout the UK.



All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.


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