For people whose behaviour may challenge

People with behaviour that challenges may have a history of repeatedly self-harming, damaging their surroundings, or abusing others verbally or physically.

All too often challenging behaviour is cited as a barrier to community inclusion. It is part of a vicious circle that keeps people unnecessarily in secure hospitals, ruining lives.

At Dimensions, we know that challenging behaviour is invariably a form of communication; it is a way for a person to control their environment when they cannot otherwise communicate their hopes, needs and fears.

Paul is much happier and his challenging behaviour has decreased dramatically

The thirty members of our Positive Behaviour Support team specialise in understanding the roots of challenging behaviour and helping individuals to make structured changes to their environment– for example their staff, their housing, what they eat or wear or what they do.

The team uses sophisticated behavioural skills teaching techniques to teach the individual what to do when they encounter a challenging behaviour trigger. As people gain greater choice and control over their life, their challenging behaviour usually drops away.

And 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.

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