The implementation of reactive strategies is important to ensure the safety of the person displaying challenging behaviour and others. Where proactive strategies take longer to create a lasting impact on the person’s quality of life, we also need robust reactive strategies to help us cope in the meantime.

What are reactive strategies?

Reactive strategies are what we do to respond to challenging behaviour when it happens to keep people safe and get things back to calm as soon as possible. These might include:

  • Distraction
  • Reducing expectations
  • The use of agreed physical interventions
  • Reassurance

It must not include punishment.

To find out more how we support people with challenging behaviour using reactive strategies, see our Positive Behaviour Support resource.

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