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Support the individual and others to recognise their behavioural responses to different situations

Part of your role as a health and social care worker will be to support individuals (and others) to recognise their behavioural responses to different situations.

To do this, you will first need to have spent time with an individual and understand the kind of situations that may result in an inappropriate behaviour. This information could be obtained from observations or previous experiences as well as from the individual’s family, other professionals and their care plan.

You can help an individual recognise their behavioural responses before, during and after a situation has occurred.

If a behaviour is regular you can discuss it with them using their preferred communication methods whilst they are at baseline. You may want to discuss the triggers for the behaviour, the behaviour itself, the negative consequences of the behaviour and what they might like to try in future to manage the behaviour and obtain a more favourable outcome.

When a situational trigger occurs, you can help an individual to manage it by offering support and guiding them through the alternative behaviours that you may have previously discussed.

After a behaviour has occurred and the individual has returned to baseline, it will be useful to have a debrief and discuss the repercussions of the behaviour (this could include positive reinforcement if they have managed the situation well).