Behaviours That Challenge
Research suggests that around 50% of individuals with Dravet Syndrome develop behaviours that challenge.
Coping with behaviours that challenge can be very difficult for many families living with Dravet Syndrome, and can have a significant impact on quality of life. In a small number of cases, behaviours that challenge can include aggression, self-injury, withdrawal, and disruptive or destructive behaviour.
For this reason, it’s important to actively address behaviours that challenge and not feel that these are something you just have to live with. There’s also never any need to feel embarrassed about behaviours that challenge. These can arise due to limitations in understanding (for example, due to language difficulties or environment), communicating or pain. It’s not bad parenting.
‘Behaviours that challenge’ is not a diagnosis in the same way as other comorbidities mentioned on this website. However, it is still important to raise these with your medical team. If your child/adult shows signs of behaviours that challenge, the first step should be to talk with your medical team in identifying and diagnosing the specific behaviour issue (for example, some aspects of behaviours that challenge can be improved with access to appropriate treatment) and putting an management plan in place.