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Challenging Behaviour
Challenging behaviour
GaryLaVigna and Thomas J.Willis

Challenging behaviour can be defined from two different perspectives, i.e., from the perspective of the person exhibiting the behaviour and from the perspective of others. From the person's perspective, challenging behaviour gets in the way of having the best quality of life possible, i.e., full community access, valued relationships, continuing development, independence and productivity, and autonomy/self-determination. From another's perspective, challenging behaviour puts the physical safety of the person or others at risk.

Key Points
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis is in support of and subordinate to values.
  • Outcome measurement is based on reliable data.
  • Comprehensive Functional Assessment is needed to plan support.
  • Multi-element, positive behaviour support plans are needed.
  • Procedural reliability must be assured.

When someone is identified as having challenging behaviour, the approach of choice is Applied ...

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