Challenging behaviour describes behaviour that is challenging to parents, carers, teachers and other professionals.
All behaviour is a form of communication. Challenging behaviour can include tantrums, hitting or kicking other people, throwing things or self-harming.
Behaviour is challenging if it is harmful to the person and others around them, and if it stops the person achieving things in their daily life, such as making friends or concentrating at school.
Living with challenging behaviour can be a stressful and exhausting time. Every day activities, such as going to school or to the park, can become more complicated.