What is Challenging BehaviourThe Learners Perspective
Often what is considered to be problem behaviour is no more than a person finding different ways of making sense of their world (Donellan 1990). Staff, parents, volunteers and teachers need to avoid the tendency to look at the actions of a person and attach a series of labels to that person’s behaviour such as aggressive and non-compliant.
For example, have you seen any of these behaviours:
aggression, hitting others, verbal abuse, pinching etc.
bizarre verbalisation - strange talking about something, strange sounds
inappropriate oral behaviour
inapproriate anal behaviour
self - injurious behaviour - hurting oneself
self - stimulation, twiddling things, arm flapping, spinning objects etc
standing to close to another person
echolalia - meaningless repetition of speech
Reconsider….......Could they be…..????
Requests for attention
someone to talk to them
someone to play with them
or a way to
or be a statement about
or be a statement about feelings like
Think about it ......... from the “learners perspective”.
source: Meyer L. Hand Evans (1988). ‘Non Aversive intervention for behaviour problems. A manual for home and community’. Paul H Brooks, Baltimore