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Challenging Behaviour Foundation

Doc iconThe Challenging Behaviour Foundation offers information and guidance to families & carers who have a relative with severe learning disabilities who display challenging behaviour.           They provide information sheets about understanding and finding the causes of challenging behaviour and a third about what they call Positive behaviour support plans.         Click page icon above for menu of information sheets and DVDs.        Click phone icon to find out about their phone and email service.         To find more of their resources click on:   Home      FAQs       Families       Information packs       All their resources.

Doc iconNational Autistic Society

Click on the icon for information from the National Autistic Society (NAS) for a range of pages covering issues linked to behaviour.        They talk about causes and practical information.

Doc iconMy Aspergers Child

My Aspergers Child has a page with the title, Aspergers Panic Attacks Disguised As Meltdowns”.         It says, “The physical symptoms they experience with an attack are just extreme versions of normal bodily responses to danger”.        It then points to possible treatments.        Click icon to view.

NICE flowchart

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has produced a simple flowchart for addressing behaviours that challenge in under 19s with autism.        Click icon to view.        Their guidance is much more detailed.


Options group have produced a help sheet about Obsessive Compulsive Dissorder and Autism.
Click icon to view.        See also stimming.

Top tips

Click PDF icon, on the left, and select Top tips for dealing with challenging behaviour for some quick bullet points from Contact.       For a more detailed set of tips click page icon on the right.

What a meltdown feels like

Fifteen people on the Autism Spectrum describe what a meltdown feels like.               For example,  It literally feels like my head is imploding.       Building up to it gets overwhelming, but an actual meltdown is just like … like your brain is ceasing to exist.

Doc iconThanks ‘cool guy’

Here is a story by a father about a plane journey one which a fellow passenger realized his son has autism.        Click icon to view.

Doc iconTips for calming things down

Here is a well presented guide to handling meltdowns.        It offers 7 tips that seem to provide useful insights and may be worth a look.        Click icon to view.

fb-meltdownThe voice of experience

Two autism mums have written in detail about how they experience their children’s meltdowns and what they think may be worth considering in order to help.        See:  The truth about my child’s meltdowns       What a meltdown feels like.

Positive Behaviour support

This help sheet from Options Group introduces an approach that aims to work with the grain of the individual’s nature.          Instead of focusing on reactive consequences and sanctions to try and force change, perhaps a bit like the Wind, we try and ‘proactively’ create the conditions that allow individuals to change in a way that is meaningful for them, a bit like the Sun.

Doc iconAutism & the law

Young people on the autistic spectrum may sometimes get into scrapes with the law.       This National Autistic Society page about encounters with the law may be helpful for parents of young people.        Click icon to view.

Here is a detailed but readable article aiming to help the reader to understand better the relationship between Asperger’s syndrome & criminal behaviour.       They touch on a few recommendations to improve things towards the end of the article:

  • Identify the needs of the young person
  • Identify triggers for behaviour that might get them into trouble
  • Social stories may help young people to understand the issues
  • Actions and reactions can be misunderstood by police etc.

An ID card could help to reduce misunderstanding.         Canadda, based in Lincoln, can provide ID cards to young people in the Grantham area.        See Neuro-diversity ID cards.         See also More information under the Awareness cards heading.

Wider area

There is a range of services that might be worth a look.

“If it feels like challenging behaviour it is challenging behaviour”.      “You do what you have to do to get through the day.
It’s not giving in, it’s coping.” 
    Geoff Evans – he works for Options Group


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