It's estimated between 10% and 15% of people with learning disabilities display challenging behaviour such as self-injury and aggression.
Alan lives in Hartlepool...
Alan is 51, has an autistic spectrum condition and a moderate learning disability.
Alan finds it difficult to cope with certain aspects of every day life, for example, interacting with other people.
Living in a residential home didn't work for Alan
He found sharing communal areas and tasks difficult and as he was anxious about being right, he could sometimes be physically challenging to those around him.
Alan also lived in a warden-controlled building, but his need to be liked and please people became an issue with his neighbours as he would visit them uninvited and some of his elderly neighbours felt intimidated.
All of this resulted in stays in three different assessment units and two respite placements, which wasn't good for Alan at all.
Positive behaviour support
After his previous support provider decided they could no longer support Alan, we were asked to provide an individualised package of support for him. Our Positive Behaviour Support Team focused on autism training and put in place a Positive Behaviour Support Plan to minimise challenging behaviour and enhance the quality of Alan's life.
After years of living in places that made him unhappy and uncomfortable, Alan now lives in his own home and is supported by a team of people he recruited specifically for him.
Since Alan began being supported in this way, there has not been one incident deemed as challenging behaviour and he is now known as a friendly, happy and caring man.