Developing Crisis Support Plans Using Low Arousal Approaches. Andy McDonnell, PhD, Director, Studio3 Training Systems, WWW.studio3.org. Challenging Behaviour. A definition.
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Andy McDonnell, PhD,
Director, Studio3 Training Systems,
‘Culturally abnormal behaviour of such intensity, frequency or duration that the physical safety of the person or others is likely to be placed in serious jeopardy, or behaviour that is likely to seriously limit the use of, or result in the person being denied access to ordinary community facilities.’
Testing Our Assumptions about Behaviour Approaches..
Not in Control
A balance between internal and external stimuli is required to maintain levels of arousal.
What makes you angry? Approaches..
How do you express your anger?
How do you cope?
How do you De-stress?
Most people who are challenging are usually extremely aroused at the time. We should therefore avoid doing anything that will arouse a person who is already upset.
A large proportion of challenging behaviours are usually preceded by demands and requests, therefore reducing these should help to reduce the frequency and perhaps the intensity of the incidents.
Most communication is predominantly non-verbal, therefore we should be aware of the signals we communicate to people who are upset.
"Things do not change, we change." (Henry David Thoreau)