Challenging behaviour in children with learning disabilities

Robert Gates, J Wray, R Newell

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    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 languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1189-94
    Number of pages6
    JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
    Issue number19
    Publication statusPublished - 1996


    • Adolescent
    • Behavior Therapy
    • Child
    • Child Behavior Disorders
    • Child, Preschool
    • Humans
    • Mental Retardation
    • Patient Education as Topic


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