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Challenging behaviour in children with learning disabilities

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  • Robert Gates
  • J Wray
  • R Newell
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)1189-94
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Journal publication date1996
Publication statusPublished - 1996


This article outlines the initial stages of an ongoing experiment to evaluate the comparative efficacy of two different therapeutic interventions--behaviour modification and gentle teaching--in the management of challenging behaviour in children who have learning disabilities. Using a workshop approach, parents are taught the principles and practice of one of these two interventions to enable better management of their child's challenging behaviour. A range of intervention outcomes are then compared with those of a control group. Preliminary analysis of data has been conducted on information gathered from those parents (n = 24) who attended the gentle teaching workshop only. The results indicate that brief intervention training in gentle teaching can have a positive impact upon the challenging behaviour of the child.


Original article can be found at: Copyright MA healthcare Ltd. [Full text of this article is not available in the UHRA]

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