1. All Behavior Is a Form of Communication
In this chapter, challenging behavior is defined. Challenging behavior can have an impact on the child’s general health and well-being. Children with cognitive impairments or speech deficits often use challenging behaviors to express their needs. It is common for children who display negative behaviors to receive personal attention. The pediatric home care nurse must endeavor to understand this form of communication to offer and implement successful interventions that minimize the behaviors and meet the needs of the child.