This may include tantrums, hitting or kicking other people, throwing things or hurting themselves. Living with challenging behaviour can be a stressful and exhausting time - parents have told Mencap that even everyday activities, such as going to school or to the park, can become complicated when they are worried their child may get angry or upset with those around them.
Challenging behaviour is not just a ‘stage' that someone with a learning disability will grow out of. It often appears in people who have difficulty communicating their needs and wishes in other ways. If your child suddenly starts to act in a challenging way, it may also be an indication that something new is wrong - for example, that they are in pain or something has upset them.
My son is very noisy and can show challenging behaviours, so it can be very difficult to find places to go out. It saddens me to see how people stare or how they move away when he is near them.
If you are worried that your child is demonstrating challenging behaviour, it is a good idea to act quickly, to find ways to meet your child's needs and to help them find new ways to communicate. Your first port of call should be your GP, who may be able to refer you to another professional, such as a psychologist.
Families and carers can also get individual information and support from the Challenging Behaviour Foundation Family Support Worker by calling 0845 602 7885. The call will be charged at a local rate