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Behavior That Challenges

People who have intellectual disabilities are often vulnerable to and can present with a wide range of mental health needs. Sadly these often go unrecognized. Challenging behaviour and mental health difficulties can occur separately or can co-occur. Many psychotherapeutic approach have been adapted for clients who have intellectual disabilities.

Psychology Tools Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Worksheets For Challenging Behavior

Treatment guides

  • Challenging behaviour and learning disabilities: prevention and interventions for people with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges | National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) | 2015 download archived copy
  • Challenging behavior: a unified approach | Royal College of Psychiatrists | 2016 download archived copy
  • Functional assessment of individuals with cognitive disabilities | McCue, Chase, Dowdy, Pramuka, Patrick, Aitken, Fabry | 1994 download archived copy
  • Incorporating Attachment Theory into Practice: Clinical Practice Guideline for Clinical Psychologists working with People who have Intellectual Disabilities | Skelly, Anonymous, Fletcher, Flood, Jones | 2017 download  archived copy
  • Psychological therapies and people who have intellectual disabilities | Beail (Eds) | 2016 download  archived copy
  • Understanding and responding to behavioral challenges: an investigative approach | Mark Burton | 2001 download archived copy

Information handouts

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation are a UK charity who have a great selection of resources . I have linked to selection of information sheets below:

  • Functional behavioral assessment (FBA) and challenging disorders: supporting behavioral change for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) | 2013  download  archived copy

A Manual of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for People with Learning Disabilities and Common Mental Disorders is a therapist manual by Hassiotis, Sarfaty, Azan, Martin, Strydon & King. It is available for free on the UCL Psychiatry web page and is accompanied by some other resources therapists may find helpful:

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