Mind that Meltdown!

Mind that meltdown course

Preventing and managing meltdown moments at home, in school and everywhere in between!

Understanding Difficult Behaviour – Chris Barson

Understanding difficult behaviours starts with understanding the pupil or young person with autism. There are no quick fixes and taking time to really understand how a pupil is uniquely affected by their autism will be the key to more successful support. Difficult moments happen. It’s nobodies fault, but there are things we can do to make them happen less, and matter less when they do.

Environmental influences – Richard Hirstwood

Constant anxiety about sensory stimuli and specific environmental influences on a pupil’s sensory system can positively or negatively influence difficult behaviour. Understanding the impact of the environment can be simplified by the introduction of the Environmental Audit – a checklist for you to use to see where and how changes to the learning environment need to be made.

Positive Technology – Carol Allen

Technology can be both a force for good and equally, the cause of so many negative behaviours for those with autism.  From the simplest level of providing a voice, the wide variety of devices, apps and websites can support learning, leisure and access to the wider world of work and connection.  This session will consider a range of technology from low tech ideas for sensory self regulation through to more complex offerings and how to ensure these are used effectively.  We will look at the specific issues around safety in the online world that this group have to learn to navigate safely.  Practical strategies will be shared to support school, and families, to incorporate technology in their daily life without it becoming a cause of stress and/or conflict.

At the end of the day you will:

  • have tools you can use to help you understand challenging behaviours in autism
  • discover how specific sensory differences in autism affect learning
  • be aware of a range of preventative strategies
  • understand how to use positive and protective strategies to personalise a pupil’s learning experience
  • be aware how an ecological approach to behaviour which uses both individual and environmental strategies
  • be able to react to critical incidents in a positive confident way
  • understand the role of positive learning in reducing behaviours which affect learning and well being
  • be able to audit the learning environment to support successful learning
  • be able to  identify links between environmental factors and difficult behaviour
  • be able to create a low arousal environment in which pupils with autism feel safe
  • gain an understanding of ways to manage the fine balance between technology for support and technology as a cause of upset.
  • have gained a range of practical was to effectively use technology to support positive experiences in learning and life.
  • have an understanding of key issues when trying to support safe online experiences for those with autism.

Who should attend? 

This will be appropriate for colleagues from special schools, mainstream schools with SEND provision, EYFS services and adult provision who are working with those with autism, and who wish to expand their understanding of and approaches tomanaging difficult behaviour which impacts on learning.

Who will be presenting?

Chris Barson, founder of Positive about Autism, but previously the external training manager for the NAS, is a highly experienced presenter in the field of autism.

Richard Hirstwood is a dynamic, motivational and accomplished international presenter in the field of multi-sensory learning.

Carol Allen is an education advisor for ICT and Inclusion, currently offering specialised support to Local Authorities; schools; parents and carers and a wide range of educators across the world.

Course notes: The learning continues after the course has ended with an online copy of all pertinent presentations, video & documents from the day on our website, for you to share with your colleagues and continue your learning journey long after the training has finished!

When and where?

29 November 2019 – London

4 December 2019 – Manchester

9 December  2019 – Birmingham

Cost? £265 plus VAT per place, including refreshments & a lovely lunch. (Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements.)

Times & housekeeping: We begin from 9am for coffee and registration, with the presentations starting at 9.30am. We will finish around 3.30pm.

Mind that meltdown course