Challenging behaviour

Avenues specialises in supporting people with complex needs and behaviour that challenges to live better lives.

Someone can have complex needs because of learning or physical disabilities, autism, mental health, acquired brain injury or dementia, often combined with physical health needs that might include epilepsy or sensory issues.

People use behaviour that challenges as a way of getting their needs met. It is a way of communicating your feelings and emotions when you don’t have the skills to do it in other ways.  Types of behaviour include self-injury, hurting others, ingesting inedible items, being destructive, or other behaviours like persistently running away, spitting or removing clothes.

People with complex needs or behaviour that challenges may have experienced a number of placements, some of them a long way from home. It is not uncommon for people to first make contact with us because of a crisis in current support arrangements or because a change in circumstances means there is need for a new support package, for example at the end of a hospital admission or residential education.

We build support packages around each person, modifying the type or level of support as their needs change, with the overall aim of reducing it over time. Our support workers have the outlook, skills and training to make sure the people we support are safe, included and encouraged. We work with the Tizard Centre, one of the leading UK academic groups working in learning disability and community care, to design and develop our training programmes in positive behaviour support and person-centred active support, approaches we use when working with people with complex needs or challenging behaviour.

Complex needs and behaviour that challenges don’t prevent someone from being active, engaged and enjoying social contact. In the right living environment, with a support package developed around the individual and what is important to them, everyone can live a good life.

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