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No Fighting, No Biting, No Screaming By Bo Hejlskov Elvén

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Fighting, biting, screaming and other behaviours that challenge the people dealing with them are often triggered by unsuitable surroundings or unrealistic demands. In this fresh and effective approach, Bo Hejlskov Elv�n shows how identifying and adapting these problem areas can dramatically improve behaviour in people with autism and other developmental disabilities.

This practical book explains how to reassess difficult situations and offers easy and effective strategies for eliciting positive responses without resorting to restraint and punishment. Based on the successful low-arousal approach, it is a proven method of stepping away from distress and towards calm, improving the quality of life of everyone involved. Helpful examples covering a wide range of developmental disabilities from autism to Down's Syndrome illustrate the positive changes that can be achieved.

This empowering book will be invaluable to anyone attempting to deal with unproductive behaviour in individuals with developmental disabilities, whether at home or in a professional environment.

'Elven writes with the compassion and clarity that come from years of working with service-users and their caregivers. He knows his subject very well and can communicate both the theory behind his ideas and their practical application. Examples are plentiful, and include not only stories about service-users but more subtle ones that center on people without developmental difficulties. Elven often uses himself as an example of how healthy people can still react badly to adverse conditions. We all have ways in which we struggle, and when the parallels are pointed out between people who do and who do not have developmental disabilities; it's easier to reach understanding and to maintain professional compassion. Life with a service-user sometimes seems like an endless confrontation. Elven shows that with a few changes and a different way of understanding, a better quality of life may be obtained for all.'

- Foreword reviews

'The author clearly has vast experience in this field and short case studies are used throughout. These are often encouraging, demonstrating examples of solutions for what the book term "unproductive behaviour". '

British Journal of Occupational Therapy

'Bo Hejlskov Elven's NO FIGHTING, NO BITING, NO SCREAMING offers a fine survey of behaviors that are triggered by environment, showing how to change these problems with alternative strategies to evoke positive responses. Examples cover a range of developmental disabilities that use these behavior patterns and offer concrete ideas for changing them, making this key for health and education collections alike.'

- The Midwest Book Review

Introduction. 1. Challenging Behaviours: Definitions and Theories. What is challenging behaviour? Dangerous behaviour? Or just difficut? Throwing the blame on somebody else. History: Theories and therapies. A new outlook. Background to our conceptions. Summary. 2. Conceptions and Misconceptions. The importance of self-control. Methods for changing behaviour. Consequence and structure. Conceptions of the causes of behaviour. Summary. 3. Adjustment of Demands. Methods of adjusting demands. Ability to respond to demands. Summary. 4. Stress Factors: A Model for Explaining Chaos. The effects of stress. Basic stress factors. Situational stress factors. Warning signs. Signs of chaos. Protective or calming factors. Summary. 5. When Conflict Happens: Keeping it Calm. Theories of affect and emotion contagion. The low-arousal approach. Creating diversions. Confrontation or intervention? Conflict -seeking service-users. Summary. 6. Looking to the Future. Fundamental principles. Leaving the past behind. References. Index.

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