A gradient approach to supporting individuals who challenge

Loddon Training & Consultancy provides training to support individuals who may challenge. The training is a whole approach with an emphasis on getting the conditions right for the person enabling them to grow and develop, and to reach their full potential.

The approach is dynamic and based on the skills and knowledge gained through over 30 years supporting children and young people in a residential school for individuals who have experienced many failed placements because of their challenging behaviour.

All training begins by considering the communicative function of behaviour and starts with the following: ‘the purpose of our behaviour is to get our needs met’. This enables course participants to begin to reflect on any behaviour and understand that all behaviour serves a purpose whether socially acceptable or not.

Assessment of the function would follow, complemented by a team approach to problem solving and culminating in an individualised Behaviour Support Plan.

This Behaviour Support Plan will address all aspects of the individual’s support needs and form guidelines to ensure consistency of support.

The Behaviour Support Plan begins by introducing the individual through an initial pen picture, outlining any areas for consideration for example, diagnosis and medical needs, in addition to their likes, dislikes and preferences as well as communication level

The plan will then be divided in to four core areas: Proactive, Active and Reactive and Post Incident Support. This will emphasise the use of Positive Behaviour Support and emphasise the importance of reducing the need for physical interventions and restraint. This is illustrated in the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Gradient in Figure 1.