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Behaviour Management

Behavioural difficulties are common following acquired brain injury. These can include problems with irritability, aggression, low frustration tolerance, lack of social judgement, impulsivity, lack of motivation, inflexibility, or emotional lability.  Many people with brain injury experience these changes in behaviour, personality and mood.  They can affect:

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Cause difficulties living in the community
  • Restrict ability to participate in activities (like study or work or leisure)
  • Lead to social isolation or loneliness
  • Result in anxiety or depression and carer stress

Information, support and ideas for understanding, managing, preventing and living with these changes are a key focus of community rehabilitation at ABIOS. We provide the following services to assist individuals with brain injury, family and carers, and community services:


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  • practical ideas for management of behaviour
  • quality of life goals
  • understanding environmental causes and factors for behaviour
  • education as a key tool in prevention and management of behaviour
  • positive and proactive approaches to management of behaviour

Training can be adapted to meet the different needs of services in the community (small or larger group).

The following resources provide information sheets about a range of topics related to understanding acquired brain injury, and in particular, understanding changes in personality and behaviour. They have been developed to provide practical information and ideas for people with brain injury, family, friends, support workers and professionals.

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Resources for People with ABI



Resources for Families and Support Workers


Resources for Professionals

For eligibility for an ABIOS service please read Direct Client Services.
To arrange training from ABIOS please read ABI Education.


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Last Updated: 02 October 2013
Last Reviewed: 02 October 2013