Challenging Behaviors

  • Rebecca Mandal-Blasio
  • Karen Sheridan
  • George Schreiner
  • Tra Ladner


It is widely accepted that challenging behaviors are the result of social skills deficits. Acquisition, performance, or fluency deficits related to cognitive and emotional difficulties, as well as environmental issues, may be the root of the challenging behaviors. Additionally, challenging behaviors related to social skills deficits have been found in many groups, including children diagnosed with Intellectual Disabilities (ID), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities (LD), and other psychiatric diagnoses. Boys, both with and without ID, exhibit more challenging behaviors than girls and these behaviors are often associated with social skills deficits (Campbell, Spieker, Burchinal, Poe, & the NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, 2006; de Ruiter, Dekker, Verhurst, & Koot, 2007; Douma, Dekker, de Ruiter, Tick, & Koot, 2007; Emerson et al., 2001). Challenging behaviors that have been found to be related to social skills deficits, in the literature, are aggression (Campbell et al., 2006; Emerson et al., 2001; Keltikangas-Järvinen, 2001), property destruction (Douma et al., 2007; Emerson et al., 2001), self-injury (Emerson et al., 2001; Matson, Minshawi, Gonzales, & Mayville, 2006), and stereotypies (Matson, Smiroldo, & Bamburg, 1998).


Autism Spectrum Disorder Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Social Skill Intellectual Disability Challenging Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca Mandal-Blasio
    • 1
  • Karen Sheridan
    • 1
  • George Schreiner
    • 2
  • Tra Ladner
    • 3
  1. 1.Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental DisabilitiesResource Center on Psychiatric and Behavior SupportsHammondUSA
  2. 2.Northlake Supports and Services CenterHammondUSA
  3. 3.Northlake Supports and Services CenterTuckerUSA

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