Challenging Behaviour

What is challenging behaviour and how do Danshell support individuals through positive behaviour support? 

Challenging behaviour is, technically, behaviour that challenges services. Typically these include self-injurious behaviour, verbal and physical aggression, inappropriate sexual behaviour and destructiveness. It can have a variety of causes including biological (such as pain or medication), environmental causes (noise or change in the environment), psychiatric (mental disorder), psychological (anxiety or apprehension) or social (unwanted attention or demands). For most people with learning disabilities it is a way of communicating their feelings when they have compromised language skills.

In Danshell we use Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) to engage people in sociable tasks and skills so that any possible challenging behaviour is minimised as people do things they enjoy and do not need to communicate any discomfort or unhappiness. If there are problems we first investigate any physical or mental health issues that can cause challenging behaviour. After these procedures, we analyse the difficulty to understand what the person is trying to tell us. We then find ways of solving the communication in a sociable way so that the person does not need to display challenging behaviour. All staff are trained in PBS upon induction which is an underlying approach for the whole organisation.

Danshell support individuals living with learning disabilities and behaviours that can be perceived as challenging.