Early Intervention Services 0-4 yrs.

Pre School Readiness Skills 4-6 yrs.

School for Special Education 6-16 yrs.

Pre Voc & Vocational Centre 18+ yrs.

Recreational & Activity Club 5+ yrs.

Remedial Teaching Services Speech, OT,

Mental Disability

Guidelines for Behaviour Problems

Guidelines for Behaviour Problems are as follows :

  • Behaviour, which is harmful to oneself.
  • Behaviour, which is harmful to others.
  • Behaviour, which interferes with the learning tasks.
  • Behaviour, which is age inappropriate.

The above characteristics may be observed in everybody. Rare occurrence of these patterns cannot be qualified as behaviour problem. The main requirement for that is :

  • Intensity or severity of the behaviour.
  • Frequency or number of times the behaviour problem occurs.
  • Duration or the length of time of the behaviour problem.

For example crying is a common emotional expression. But crying for every petty reason, that too, so frequent that it happens in every one or two hours cannot be considered as normal. In the same manner the high intensity and long duration of the above-identified category of problem may require modifications.

For the convenience of easy understanding, the various behaviour problems, which are commonly observed in persons with MR, can be broadly classified into the following categories or domains :

1. Violent and destructive behaviours: Tearing books, breaking objects, throwing objects etc.

2. Temper tantrums: Examples - Rolling on the floor, screaming, crying excessively etc.

3. Misbehaviour with others: Examples - Grabbing objects from others, spitting on others etc.

4. Self injurious behaviour: Examples - Banging head, scratching own self, pulling own hair, biting own self, wounds etc.

5. Repetitive behaviour: Examples - Rocking one's own body, Nodding head, shaking parts of the body repeatedly etc.

6. Odd behaviour: Examples - Smiling, laughing without reason or talking to self, collecting rubbish etc.

7. Hyper/over activity: Example - Not sitting at one place for required time. Not completing the task at hand etc.

8. Rebellious behaviour: Examples - Refusing to obey commands, doing opposite of what is requested etc.

9. Antisocial behaviour: Examples - Stealing, cheating in games, lying or twisting the truth, blaming others etc.

10. Fears: Example - Fear of places, strangers, animals like dogs, loud noise, vehicles, fire, water, fear of darkness etc.