Challenging Behavior Definitions
Physical Aggression – forceful physical actions directed towards adults or peers that may result in physical contact and injury (e.g., hitting, kicking, spitting, pinching, and throwing objects).
Self- injury – forceful physical actions directed towards oneself, which may result in visible injury (e.g., hitting, kicking, scratching, biting, pinching oneself).
Disruption/Tantrum - an outburst or action that prevents learning, interferes with teaching, or disrupts the learning environment and persists despite an adult’s request to stop or attempt to provide support.
Verbal Aggression – the use of threatening, offensive or intimidating words directed towards a peer or adult (e.g., screaming, name-calling, swearing, profanity, threats).
Non-compliance – refusal to follow a reasonable request, direction or the established routine, which persists after multiple requests and a reasonable amount of time.
Running Away – the act of leaving a designated area of supervision/boundary of play without permission and without responding to the requests of an adult to return.
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