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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

  • NICE Guideline for Challenging Behaviour and Learning Disabilities (2015) download archived copy
  • Challenging behavior: a unified approach (2016) download archived copy
  • Functional assessment of individuals with cognitive disabilities (1994) download archived copy
  • Incorporating Attachment Theory into Practice: Clinical Practice Guideline for Clinical Psychologists working with People who have Intellectual Disabilities (2017) download  archived copy
  • Psychological therapies and people who have intellectual disabilities (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:

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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