Key Points

• 'Challenging behaviour' is a complex term to define and understand; it is a term that is used often and can lead to prejudgements and stigmatisation.

• Challenging behaviour is functional; it may be an indication of physical discomfort, pain, emotional distress, mental illness or conflicts in the person's environment.

• A person's behaviour will be defined as challenging when it is judged by another to be socially unacceptable and when it evokes significant negative emotional responses in the other.

• Long-term, effective support for carers working with adults with learning disabilities with challenging behaviour is essential, as working in these situations is often stressful and difficult.

Body Language Basics

Body Language Basics

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