People with intellectual and other developmental disabilities can sometimes be labelled as having ‘challenging behaviour’. DDWA recognise that it can be really hard to work out what is underlying a person’s behaviour (eg. pain, sensory overload, boredom) and to change what is causing the distress, frustration, anger etc.
When people view challenging behaviour as a form of communication, they are less likely to see the person with disability as ‘being naughty’ and more likely to focus on what they themselves might be doing or not doing to meet the person’s real needs eg. such as supporting the person to communicate their needs.
The information below is designed to help understand and better respond to people who can sometimes behave in challenging ways.
Foundations to understanding behaviour
This free learning package of five video modules was developed to help you enhance your knowledge and skills around supporting people with disability and complex communication needs.
Side by Side began as a project in 2012, for families experiencing behaviour which could be seen as challenging. The project connects families experiencing challenging behaviour with other families though a supported peer group which provides a safe place to share experiences, receive support and help each other.
Side by Side’s vision is for families experiencing challenging behaviour to be better supported and to develop family leaders. This peer support is vital as these families are often isolated and overwhelmed. Side by Side can work with families and support them to develop their own capacity and build the strength of the Side by Side peer group collectively.