Challenging behaviour

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 Dimensions, 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.

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Our Positive Behaviour Support and Autism Behaviour Consultancy services specialise in reducing challenging behaviour and improving quality of life, while our nationwide staff are committed to achieving positive outcomes for the people we support.

Less challenging behaviour enables greater ambition. Dimensions has 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. They are likely to be far more active citizens. Quality of life – by any measure – will have risen.

Dimensions Activate is our new support model for everyone we support, but it has particular impact on people with challenging behaviour. In extensive, formal research with the University of Kent Tizard Centre, this support model led to a 60% decline in levels of challenging behaviour in less than a year.

Find out more about our services for people with challenging behaviour using ‘Find local services’ at the top of the page.