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No Fighting, No Biting, No Screaming


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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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An easy to read guide to improving the behaviour of those with autism and related disabilities by adapting problem areas and not resorting to restraint and punishment

About the Author

Bo Hejlskov Elven is a Clinical Psychologist based in Sweden. He is an independent consultant and lecturer on autism and challenging behaviour, and an accredited Studio III trainer. In 2009, he was awarded the Puzzle Piece of the Year prize by the Swedish Autism Society for his lecturing and counselling on challenging behaviour.


This useful book for managing and adjusting difficult behaviors offers a fresh perspective on methods for working with people with Autism and other developmental disabilities.... The use of methods addressed in this very readable book can positively affect the lives of t hsoe with Autism and other developmental disabilities. -- Virginia Child Protection Newsletter
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
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
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

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