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Challenging behaviour in children with learning disabilities.

Gates, Bob; Wray, J.; Newell, Rob


Bob Gates

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Dr Jane Wray
Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Senior Clinical Nurse Advisor National Preceptorship Programme for England

Rob Newell


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.


Gates, B., Wray, J., & Newell, R. (1996). Challenging behaviour in children with learning disabilities. British Journal of Nursing, 5(19), 1189-1194.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 1996
Online Publication Date Aug 26, 2014
Publication Date Oct 24, 1996
Journal British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)
Print ISSN 0966-0461
Publisher MA Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 19
Pages 1189-1194
Keywords Challenging behaviour children Learning disabilities
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PMID 9006183