Challenging Behaviours

Challenging behaviour describes behaviour that is challenging to parents, carers, teachers and other professionals. Challenging behaviour can include tantrums, hitting or kicking other people, throwing things or self-harming. Behaviour is challenging if it is harmful to the person and others around them, and if it stops the person achieving things in their daily life, such as making friends or concentrating at school. Living with challenging behaviour can be a stressful and exhausting time. Challenging behaviours can be aggressive (swearing, temper tantrums, defiant etc.), Violent (punching/fighting/ domestic violence etc.), destructive (throwing, smashing property in anger etc.) and sexualised (sexual act that is inappropriate to the child or young person’s age or development).

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