Module 9 - Challenging Behaviours

Challenging Behaviour

People with intellectual disability can present with behaviours that are difficult for carers to respond to safely or appropriately. Examples include aggression, destructive behaviour, self-injury, non- compliance, screaming, pica (eating inedible objects), overactivity, inappropriate sexualised behaviours, disturbed sleep patterns, regurgitation of food, faecal smearing and wandering among others. Understanding these problem behaviours is important as they are common and are associated with high rates of physical and mental illness, mortality, poor quality of life, stigma and exclusion, and many of these behaviours have inherent risks for carers as well as the person themselves.
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