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Challenging behaviour in people with intellectual disabilities

A person's behaviour is challenging if it:

People with challenging behaviour can be destructive and disruptive. Challenging behaviour can also include aggression and self-harm. People with learning disabilities or dementia often have challenging behaviour. There are many possible reasons or combination of reasons for the challenging behaviour.

The following links provide more information about challenging behaviour. They also describe how to prevent or reduce challenging behaviour.

  HealthInfo recommends the following pages

About challenging behaviour

Support services for challenging behaviour

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created October 2015. Last updated February 2019.

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