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Support with behaviour: guide for parents

When we talk about ‘behaviour which challenges’ we are looking at a range of behaviours which some of our children and young people with severe and profound learning disabilities may display to enable them to get their needs met.

Some of these behaviours may include:

When we look at challenging behaviours – there is always a reason why it occurs. These reasons may include illness or pain; it could be a way for the young person to control what is going on around them/to get their needs met, or due to communication difficulties. It’s important to remember that we need to understand the reasons behind challenging behaviour, for change to happen!

So how can we support you and your child/young person around their behaviour? There is no ‘quick fix’, but what we can do is work alongside you, the young person and any other relevant people/agencies to prevent and/or reduce these behaviours. It is imperative that we work alongside each other, consistently, with everyone following the same plan.

ABC Reading Chart

What happened immediately before the
What did ……. do?
What happened after the outburst?

Behaviour Monitoring Chart

Please include as much information as possible (even things that do not immediately appear relevant). The questions listed do not all have to be answered but are there to guide you into the type of things it would be useful to record.

Where/who was there/
noise levels etc.
What was happening
before behaviour
occurred? Had anything caused distress?
Describe what
actually happened
(include how long the
behaviour lasted, how
intense it was etc)
What happened
afterwards? How did
carers respond? Were
there consequences
for the child? How did
the child calm down?
Is there anything else
you wish to comment
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