Explain the importance of identifying patterns of behaviour or triggers to challenging behaviour when establishing proactive or reactive strategies to be used

NOTE: Please be aware that the information on this page is a very rough draft and has not been fact-checked so should be used accordingly (taken with a pinch of salt)! However, it should (hopefully) give you some pointers and set you off in the right direction.

It is very important to identify which triggers or patterns come immediately before an individual has challenging behaviour because this information can be utilised to avoid (proactive) or manage (reactive) challenging behaviour in the future. It can also provide important information about the reasons for the change in behaviour. For example, if an individual has an incident of challenging behaviour immediately after two support workers are laughing and joking with each other in another room, it may be that the individual thinks that they are laughing at him behind his back. The proactive solution would be for support workers to not laugh and joke unless the individual is in the same room and involved in the conversation. The reactive solution would be to explain to the individual that they were not laughing at him.