Learners with Autism often have complex needs, which can be hard to meet. Difficult behaviour arises from unmet needs. We look at ‘difficult’ behaviour and its triggers and explore a range of practical, effective ideas and strategies to use.
Module 1: Autism and difficult behaviour
- Introduction: Autism and difficult behaviour
- Defining ‘difficult behaviour’
- Behaviour – problem or not? When is behaviour a problem?
- What ‘causes’ difficult behaviour?
Module 2: Communication and difficult behaviour
- Introduction: Communication and difficult behaviour
- Language needs
- Communication Charts for Difficult Behaviour and Autism
- Using visual supports
- Teaching non-verbal communication skills
Module 3: Environment and difficult behaviour
- Introduction: Environment and difficult behaviour
- Why is environment so important for students on the spectrum?
- Low arousal learning environments
- Using sensory spaces
- Self-regulation skills
Module 4: Support
- Introduction: Support
- Support ‘style’
- Effective approaches/techniques
Module 5: Planning
- Introduction: Planning
- Need for Structure
- B: Motivation and Special Interests
- Calming activities and ‘Stims’
- Positive Programmes
Chris Barson founded Positive About Autism in January 2009. Prior to that, Chris was External Training Manager for the National Autistic Society. Chris has a long involvement with disability and autism. Chris first joined the National Autistic Society (NAS) in 1996 as a Project Officer in Wales on a Children in Need project reviewing short term care provision.
After working with the NAS Regional Development Team promoting service development throughout the UK, Chris went to work at the Royal College of General Practitioners, in 2000, where he managed Professional Development and Quality programmes. Chris rejoined NAS in 2004. Chris has contributed to the design and delivery of courses provided by Canterbury Christ Church University, and the University of Cumbria.
Chris is a contributing author to ‘The Autism Spectrum in the 21st Century: Exploring Psychology, Biology and Practice’ Jessica Kingsley Press 2010 (Highly Commended 2011 BMA Medical Book Awards).
It was beneficial seeing the videos and learning about how to use different strategies to help students.
Intensive interaction was very interesting, how to communicate with autistic learners, and how their interests were paramount.
The videos were very informative.
I liked how it all was broken down into modules.
The most beneficial aspect of the course was the importance of using clear communication.