The Challenging Behaviour Foundation launches a new information sheet ‘Teaching New Skills’

Children, young people and adults with severe learning disabilities may display challenging behaviours in order to get their needs met. One way to reduce these behaviours is to teach the person new skills and ways of communicating, so they can get their needs met in more appropriate ways.  Learning new skills can also give them more choice, independence and control.

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) has produced a new information sheet with help from Martin Bertulis (Macintyre) about teaching new skills (an important part of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS).

Although there is already information about finding the causes of challenging behaviours and PBS planning, there is less information about ways of teaching people with learning disabilities the skills they may need to get their needs met in more appropriate ways.

The information sheets aims to be a practical tool for families when teaching their relatives new skills, and includes various examples of how this can be done and details about the tools and professionals who can help. In particular the information sheets covers:

  • Learning a new activity
  • Communication skills
  • Coping skills

Click here to view a summary page, or click the image below to download the full information sheet.

All our information sheets are made in consultation with family carers and professionals in the relevant field. If you have any feedback on this information sheet, or any of our resources, please email the CBF Family Support Team at

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About The Challenging Behaviour Foundation

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) is an independent charity providing information, support and workshops around challenging behaviour associated with severe learning disabilities to families and professionals. The CBF leads the ‘Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group’ which seeks to influence policy and practice nationally and has developed the Challenging Behaviour Charter.

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation was founded in 1997 by Vivien Cooper, parent of a son with severe learning disabilities who displays behaviour described as challenging. Today the Challenging Behaviour Foundation is in regular contact with over 5000 families and professionals across the UK. There are an estimated 30,000 individuals in England with severe learning disabilities and behaviour described as challenging.



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