People with behaviour that challenges may repeatedly self-harm, damage their surroundings, or abuse others verbally or physically.
It is estimated that 10-15 per cent of people with learning disabilities display challenging behaviour such as self-injury and aggression.
All too often challenging behaviour is cited as a barrier to community inclusion for people with learning disabilities or autism, because it can interfere with family life, employment and education.
At Helping Hands, we know that challenging behaviour is invariably a learned response; it is a way for a person to control their environment when they cannot otherwise communicate their hopes, needs and fears.
By helping individuals to make structured changes to their environment – for example their staff, housing, what they eat or wear or what they do – levels of challenging behaviour drop away.
We focus on reducing challenging behaviour and improving quality of life. Less challenging behaviour enables greater ambition. We have many examples of people whose support needs have dropped from multiple ratio staffing to just a few hours each week.
Those individuals have gained considerably more choice and control over their lives, enjoying an improved quality of life.