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Professional development

If you are seeking to develop your understanding of challenging behaviour and/or learning disability you can consult our list of academic courses which may be of interest or view our booklist for professionals.

Academic courses

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Booklist for professionals

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Courses: Learning Disability Nursing (Undergraduate)

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Courses: Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA)

A full-time or part-time MSc course

An introductory online course aimed at parents and professionals.

Full-time or part-time postgraduate courses - Masters (MSc), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert).

Full-time or part-time postgraduate courses - MSc, PDip or PCert.

Full-time 2 year MSc course.

Courses: Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Accredited courses in PBS - Advanced Ceritificate, Professional Certificate, Professional Diploma)

Courses: Degrees about Autism

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Part time postgraduate degrees in Autism and Learning.

Part time course in Professional Educational Studies course which can specialise in teaching people with Autism.

Postgraduate degrees in Autism (MEd, PgDip, PgCert).

MA in Special Educational Needs (Autism Spectrum Disorder).

Courses: Degrees about learning/intellectual disabilities

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Postgraduate taught degree in Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (MEd/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate/Advanced Certificate).

The National Autistic Society provides a comprehensive list of Universities and Colleges offering professional development on autism and related conditions.

Booklist for professionals

This list is not comprehensive and is no longer being updated. However, it still gives details of some of the key books and articles relating to challenging behaviour.

Additionally, the Challenging Behaviour Foundation offers a wide range of information sheets about challenging behaviour and related topics. All information sheets are available to download free of charge from our section on Information and guidance.

 

Challenging behaviour

 

EMERSON, E., & EINFELD, S (2011, 3rd edition)

Challenging Behaviour

Cambridge University Press     ISBN: 9780521728935

Available on Amazon

 

HUBERT, J (1997, 2nd edition)

At home and alone: families and young adults with challenging behaviour. In J. Bornat, J. Johnson, C. Pereira, D. Pilgrim, & F. Williams (Eds), Community Care: A Reader (Chapter 12)

Macmillan Press     ISBN: 0 33369847 9

Available on Amazon

 

SIGAFOOS, J., ARTHUR, M., & O’REILLY, M (2003)

Challenging behaviour and developmental disability

Whurr     ISBN: 1 86156 378 7

Available on Amazon or Abe Books

 

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

 

HARDY, S., & JOYCE, T (2011)

Challenging behaviour: A handbook: Practical resource addressing ways of providing positive behavioural support to people with learning disabilities whose behaviour is described as challenging.

Pavilion Publishing     ISBN: 1908066490

Available on Amazon

 

KOEGEL, L., KOEGEL, R., & DUNLAP, G (1996)

Positive behavioral support: Including people with difficult behavior in the community

Brookes Publishing Co     ISBN: 1557662282

Available on Amazon

 

POSITIVE BEHAVIOURAL SUPPORT (PBS) COALITION UK

Positive Behavioural Support: A Competence Framework

PBS Academy: Free download

 

TIZARD LEARNING DISABILITY REVIEW (2005)

Volume 10, Issue 2. Special edition with a focus on Positive Behaviour Support, Pavilion

Free to download on Emerald Insight

 

Strategies and interventions

 

BALL, T., BUSH, A., & EMERSON, E (2004)

Psychological interventions for severely challenging behaviours shown by people with learning disabilities: Clinical practice guidelines.

Faculty for Learning Disabilities: The British Psychological Society    ISBN: 1 85433 402 6

Available for free from the BPS

 

BRITISH INSTITUTE OF LEARNING DISABILITIES (BILD) (2004)

Factsheet: Intensive interaction

BILD: Free download from Mencap

 

BRITISH INSTITUTE OF LEARNING DISABILITIES (BILD) (2010)

Factsheet: De-escalation and Deaf people

Contact BILD to get a copy: www.bild.org.uk

 

CARR, E., LEVIN, L.,  McCONNACHIE, G., CARLSON, J., KEMP, D.,  & SMITH, C     (1994)

Communication-based intervention for problem behaviour: A user’s guide for producing positive change.

Brookes Publishing Company     ISBN: 1 55766 159 6

Available on Amazon

 

HASTINGS, R., & BECK, A (2004)

Practitioner review: Stress intervention for parents of children with intellectual disabilities

Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry,45, 1338-1349

Available for a fee on Wiley Online Library

 

LOVETT, H (1996)

Learning to listen: Positive approaches and people with difficult behaviour.

Brookes Publishing Co     ISBN: 9781557661647

Available 2nd hand on Amazon

 

LUISELLI, J (2006)

Antecedent assessment and intervention. Supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities in community settings

Brookes     ISBN: 1 55766 849 3

Available on Amazon

 

McDONNELL, A (2010)

Managing aggressive behaviour in care settings: Understanding and applying low arousal approaches

Wiley-Blackwell     ISBN: 0470512318

Available on Amazon or Wiley Online Library

 

NIND, M., & HEWETT, D (2001)

A practical guide to intensive interaction

Kidderminster: BILD publications     ISBN: 9781902519630

Available on Amazon

 

STENFERT KROESE, B., DAGNAN, D., & LOUMIDIS, K (Eds) (1997)

Cognitive-behaviour therapy for people with learning disabilities

Routeledge     ISBN  978-0-415-12751-6

Available on Amazon

 

Restrictive practices

 

ALLEN, D (2003)

Ethical approaches to physical interventions vol I: Responding to challenging behaviour in people with intellectual disabilities

Kidderminster: BILD     ISBN  1904082386

Available on BILD’s site and through Amazon.

 

ALLEN, D (2003)

Ethical approaches to physical interventions vol II: Changing the agenda

Kidderminster: BILD     ISBN   9781905218110

Available on BILD’s site.

 

BRITISH INSTITUTE OF LEARNING DISABILITIES (BILD) (2009)

Factsheet: Time out and seclusion

BILD: Free download

 

BRITISH INSTITUTE OF LEARNING DISABILITIES (BILD) (2008)

Factsheet: Chemical restraint

BILD: Free download available from www.imagineinclusion.co.uk

 

DEB, S., CLARKE, D., & UNWIN, G (2006)

Using medication to manage behaviour problems among adults with a learning disability

University of Birmingham: Free download from University of Birmingham website

 

HARRIS, J., CORNICK, M., JEFFERSON, A., & MILLS, R (2008, 2nd edition)

Physical interventions. A policy framework.

BILD     ISBN: 9781905218042

Available on Amazon and BILD’s website

 

LYON, C., & PIMOR, A (2004)

Physical interventions and the law: Legal issues arising from the use of physical interventions in supporting children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and severe challenging behaviour  

BILD     ISBN: 1 904082 734

Available on the BILD website

 

Law and policy

 

BRITISH INSTITUTE OF LEARNING DISABILITIES (BILD) (2009)

Factsheet: Human Rights Act

BILD: Free download from thh.nhs.uk

 

MINISTRY OF JUSTICE (2007)

Mental capacity act 2005. Code of practice

London: TS     ISBN:978 0 11 7037465

Available on Amazon and on www.gov.uk

 

Commissioning and developing services

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (2014)

Ensuring quality services: Core principles for the commissioning of services for children, young people, adults and older people with learning disabilities and/or autism who display or are at risk of displaying behaviour that challenges.

Local Government Association: Free download from www.local.gov.uk     

 

MANSELL REPORT, The (2007)

Services for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour or mental health needs: Report of a project group.  Revised edition

Department of Health: Free download from Department of Health website

 

ROYAL COLLEGE OF PSYCHIATRISTS, BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY AND THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPISTS (2007)

Challenging behaviour: A unified approach. Clinical and service guidelines for supporting people with learning disabilities who are at risk of receiving abusive or restrictive practices

The Royal College of Psychiatrists     CR144

Free to download from the British Psychological Society website

 

Autism and challenging behaviour

 

CLEMENTS, J., & ZARKOWSKA, E (2000)

Behavioural concerns and autistic spectrum disorders: Explanations and strategies for change

London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers     ISBN: 9781853027420

Available on Amazon

 

WHITAKER, P (2002)

Challenging behaviour and autism. Making sense – making progress. A guide to parenting and managing challenging behaviour for parents and teachers.

The National Autistic Society     ISBN: 1 899280 5 1 3     £15.95

Available on Amazon 

 

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation would like to thank Peter McGill for his help in compiling this list.

This book list was checked in April 2021 to make sure the links work, but more recent publications are yet to be added.