Sensory Approaches for Challenging Behaviour

Challenging Behaviour

Do you have the right sensory environments and approaches to help reduce challenging behaviour and improve an individual’s learning opportunities?

Clive will explore an alternative sensory perspective to the traditional approach to challenging behaviour in those with autism.  Does the root of challenging behaviour lie in a faulty sensory processing system?  Does this contribute to a world of anxiety, panic and sometimes fear?

Many of the problems individuals face in life stem from their inability to regulate their sensory input – Clive will explore how to create positive sensory activities and environments to develop self-regulation.

Clive will also focus on ways in which you can best modify an individual’s learning environment to maximise their learning potential using sensory approaches and techniques.

At the end of the day you will:

  • identify links between past experiences, social/environmental factors and challenging behaviour
  • identify sensory regulation problems and reduce their impact upon behaviour

  • modify a classroom, day room or living space to support those with sensory issues

  • use sensory strategies to help individuals make ‘sense’ of their environment

  • create sensory activities that provide individuals with the personal skills to manage the causes of their challenging behaviour

  • use sensory approaches to reduce anxiety

  • create a focused and purposeful sensory room  for individuals with challenging behaviour

This informative day uses a mixture of  detailed presentations, illustrative video & practical demonstration. There will also be small group discussion to explore relevant issues. Questions from the delegates are positively encouraged!

Who will be presenting?

Clive Smith has extensive experience in working with children with challenging behaviour, those on the autistic spectrum and/or with profound multiple and learning disabilities. As a specialist advisory teacher within a Behaviour Support Team previously, he is skilled at advising/ supporting staff to meet the diverse needs of this group.

When and where?

5 October 2016 – Dunadry Hotel, Antrim

27 February 2017 – Manchester

28 February 2017 – Birmingham

3 March 2017 – London

Who should come to this? If you are a teacher, teaching assistant or therapist in a special school, special unit for pupils with autism, specialist college or inclusive pre-5 provision – you’re welcome to come and join us!

Course notes:  All pertinent presentations & documents from the day will be available on our website, for you to continue your learning journey long after the training has finished!


Dunadry Hotel, Antrim – £195 plus VAT per place, including refreshments & lunch.

Manchester/Birmingham/London – £225 plus VAT per place, including refreshments & lunch.

Times & housekeeping: The day begins from 9am for coffee and registration, with the course starting at 9.30am. We will finish around 3.30pm. All refreshments & lunch will be provided.