ONTABA Report on Treatment of Challenging Behaviour

ONTABA (the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis) recently released a report entitled Evidence-Based Practices for the Treatment of Challenging Behaviour in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: recommendations for caregivers, practitioners, and policy-makers. The stated purpose of the document is to serve as a resource for those supporting individuals with DD, provide a basis for safe, evidence-based policy promotion, and provide recommendations from scholarly consensus for a vulnerable population.

The report includes information on both assessing and treating challenging behaviours. It outlines a variety of non-pharmacological interventions, rating their effectiveness based on research, dividing results for children and adults. The report also emphasizes limiting risk to individuals by minimizing the use of restrictive interventions, such as physical restraints and psychotropic medication.

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