Learning from families

Dame Christine Lenehan

The Lenehan Review – These Are Our Children

by Dame Christine Lenehan, CEO of the Council for Disabled Children on January 26th 2017

Working with children and young people with challenging behaviour: changes needed at every level of the system Last summer the then Minister for Social Care asked me to undertake a review of the system to understand why it continued to fail children and young people with a dual diagnosis of mental health needs and learning […]

New Resources: A Pathway for Children

by family carer Jacky, and Jacqui Shurlock on January 4th 2017

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation has been working with the National Development Team for inclusion (NDTi) to develop three new resources setting out a vision of future local pathways for children with learning disabilities and/or autism whose behaviours may challenge.Family Carer Jacky shows why a new Children’s Pathway is needed: My son Tomas became eighteen in September, and […]

Rowena Rossiter Ro Rossiter, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Honorary Researcher at the Tizard Centre

Early Intervention Project: Looking back, looking forward

by Ro Rossiter, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Honorary Researcher at the Tizard Centre on December 7th 2016

As an Early Intervention Project Steering Group member, I’ve spent some time reflecting on the progress, impact and future now that the 3 year project funding has ended. The Early Intervention Project has been the most focused, dynamic and energizing piece of work I can remember being part of (and at my age that is […]

Calum: Restrictive Interventions and Restraint

by by Beth, Calum's mum on September 13th 2016

Calum is a loving, happy boy who has epilepsy and learning disabilities. We were delighted when he got a place in a “special school.” On the first day in the new class Calum came home with multiple bruises on his arms and legs and abrasions to his spine. Calum also had widespread petechial haemorrhaging on […]

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Daniel: Finding Early Support Locally

by Viv, Daniel's mum on March 7th 2016

My son Daniel began displaying self-injurious behaviour (head-banging) at the age of one. We didn’t know what to do or where to go for help and we were given just three options: a helmet, medication or hope he grows out of it. We ruled out the first two options and were therefore left with no […]

Emmanuel: Autism and Sensory Overload

by Helen, Emmanuel's mum on December 14th 2015

My young son is currently in a care home where he is sat in a small walk-through room, behind a table, between the dining room and the kitchen. There is a big sensory overload going on for him in this care home environment with all the kitchen sounds/smells and dining room sounds/smells going on so […]

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Laura’s Communication Passport

by Kate, Laura’s mum on March 23rd 2015

Laura is 22 years old and has Cornelia de Lange Syndrome. I discovered quite early on that there were going to be many different professionals involved in Laura’s life. Having so many people involved with Laura’s care results in lots of different information to communicate. Each individual who works with her needs to know about […]

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Rhys: Intensive Interaction

by Jackie, Rhys' mum on November 17th 2014

We discovered Intensive Interaction when Rhys was about 12. He isn’t able to speak and has a limited understanding of language, and those barriers to communication were exaggerating his challenging behaviour. After hearing Dave Hewitt speak, we began trying the method of communication out on Rhys, and found that he responded well. I would describe […]


Kinton: Getting the Right Care at the Right Time

by Lanre, Kinton's mum on July 10th 2014

Kinton is lively, bubbly, and affectionate. He loves swimming and eating chicken. He now has a diagnosis of ADHD, Autism, Epilepsy and Severe Learning Difficulties. He uses some verbal communication, particularly for the things he loves. For example, he can say ‘chicken’ more clearly than other words. His behaviour can sometimes challenge In the early […]

Asante: Family-based PBS

by Kennedy, Asante's dad on June 25th 2014

It was four years ago when on one afternoon, my wife and I staggered home from our local medical centre. Our daughter, Asante, had been diagnosed with Autism. We knew we had a big challenge but we could not figure out the real size of it. This was followed by what seemed like endless appointments with […]

Jen and Christopher

Jen: Online Community Connections

by Jen, Christopher's mum on December 1st 2011

When my son was diagnosed we didn’t have mobile phones or computers. Because of my son’s challenging behaviour life could be very isolating. The few books in the library portrayed very negative stereotypes. But with the birth of the internet things have changed. I have a wealth of information at my fingertips. I have taken […]

Niamh Niamh

Niamh: Early Intervention

by Carly, Niamh's mum on May 11th 2011

Niamh has Tuberous Sclerosis (TS). She can’t communicate verbally or look after herself in any way. She loves eating and swimming. Despite Niamh’s difficulties she was a joy to look after. It was often the case her younger brother was much harder to look after. At around 4 years old, Niamh started to hit and […]