Children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) and/or autism who display behaviour that challenges, are particularly vulnerable to being misunderstood and inappropriately supported, despite policy and best practice guidance. Children and adults whose behaviour challenges are also vulnerable to having fewer opportunities to engage in society, having their quality of life reduced, experiencing abusive or coercive practice, and being placed in schools or services many miles from home.
Many families of children whose behaviour challenges often remain likewise unheard and isolated. The intention is that upon reading the book family members and support staff will better understand behaviours and help to improve the quality of the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
The book is split into four sections, each representing a crucial step in understanding behaviour that challenges. Part 1 presents fundamental approaches to thinking about and responding to behaviour that challenges. Part 2 is all about trying to understand the messages underpinning the behaviour. Part 3 is about putting into action the knowledge gained through exploring and assessment. Part 4 is reflective in nature and considers the real experiences arising from supporting people whose behaviour challenges and the implications.
The new edition is a complete revision and updating of content, aiming to address key knowledge requirements and concerns of people working in the field, with opportunities for reflection and professional development. The content is illustrated by case studies to help the reader explore how to best to address issues in practice.
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This handbook will benefit:
Support workers and managers in learning disability service settings
Community learning disability teams
All professionals who support a person with a learning disability
Students of mental health and intellectual disability.
Challenging behaviour handbook running order
Part 1: Clearer Values
Foreword: Responding to a changing world
Peter Baker & Tony Osgood
What is behaviour that challenges?
Behaviour that challenges: how big is the problem?
Positive behavioural support
Listening to people using services
Part 2: Gaining a Better Understanding
Assessing behaviour that challenges
Lawrence Patterson & Jenna Szymanski
Communication and behaviour that challenges
Conceptualising quality of life
Part 3: Delivering Support
Practice leadership and behaviour that challenges
Building a good rapport
Getting the environment right
Keeping people safe – reactive strategies
Learning new ways of behaving
Ciara Padden & Shelley Brady
Cognitive approaches to behaviour that challenges
Stephen C. Oathamshaw
The use of medication for the management of behaviours that challenge in people with intellectual disabilities
Part 4: Lessons Learned
We’re in this together: supported staff
Peter Baker & Nick Gore
Working together with families
Isabelle Garnett and Holly Young
Working for change: policy and practice contexts
Tony Osgood and Peter Baker
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd
Publication date: June 2019
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