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August, 2015

what causes autism to occur?

what causes autism to occur ? The cause of autism is unknown. It is probably not due to just one specific cause but a number of causes acting together. Autism in people with intellectual disabilities usually becomes obvious within the first 30 months of life and it affects the person throughout life. Sometimes, however, people […]

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what is autism spectrum disorder definition

what is autism spectrum disorder definition Autism is a development disability that affects someone’s emotional, social and mental development. It acts as a vulnerability factor for someone developing a mental health problem. It consists of a set of features that must be present for the condition to be diagnosed. The condition varies from person to […]

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Monitoring of interventions

Monitoring of interventions Interventions must be monitored at regular intervals to make sure they are working minor alterations will be needed to the treatment plan in order to obtain better results. Also, if the unwanted behaviour has worsened, the person with intellectual disabilities will need to be reassessed for new clues and an update on […]

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Different kinds of therapeutic interventions

Different kinds of therapeutic interventions The intervention is usually made up of a number of parts, and they are related to the function of the behaviour. They usually focus on what the person finds reinforcing, changing the environment where the challenging behaviour occurs and teaching a more appropriate response than the challenging behaviour. People with […]

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Functional analysis of challenging behaviour

Functional analysis of challenging behaviour Although the behaviour itself may be inappropriate, the need that it is meeting is not. Functional analysis is a type of assessment that is done to work out the function of the behaviour for the person involved. By doing a functional analysis of the challenging behaviour psychologists can work out […]

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How common is challenging behaviour?

How common is challenging behaviour? Studies in the UK have suggested that approximately 6 per cent of people who have intellectual disabilities probably have challenging behaviour. Some evidence suggests that challenging behaviours can start in childhood and persist into adulthood. Challenging behaviours appear to be more common amongst men. Some challenging behaviours seem to be […]

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What is challenging behaviour?

What is challenging behaviour? Challenging behaviour is behaviour that people think is abnormal or unusual within the person’s culture. Examples could include:  Someone being aggressive to themselves or to others  Someone damaging property  Someone screaming and other socially inappropriate behaviours  Someone refusing to take part in activities and other more ‘resistant’ […]

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Carers’ support with interventions

Therapeutic interventions are part of the person’s treatment or care plan and therefore are part of his or her daily life or routine. Your support with interventions can be very helpful. For example, you might be asked to help the person you are caring for to repeat at home some of the techniques or skills […]

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helping the person to communicate

helping the person to communicate Very often people with intellectual disabilities have problems in communicating with other people. Estimates suggest that 50 per cent to 90 per cent of people with intellectual disabilities have communication difficulties. About 60 per cent of people with intellectual disabilities have some skills in symbolic communication using pictures, signs or […]

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what is social intervention?social intervention definition

what is social intervention?social intervention definition  A social intervention is something that is done to help the person by changing an aspect of their environment or social circumstances. As part of the assessment process clinicians will try to find out what factors or events contributed to the development of the mental health problem. These factors […]

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