Learn how to reduce triggers associated with unexpected change

With Clive Smith

7 January 2021 12.45pm – 4pm

Why should I attend?

As pupils experience blended learning, transitioning between home-schooling and full-time schooling, Clive Smith explores how sensory approaches can be used to calm and support pupils as they settle back into expected routines and behaviours. This course offers a structured combination of theory and practice which will both inform and enable your practice.


From November 2020 – ‘What was the best thing about this course?’


‘The course has really made me think about the classroom environment and expectations on the children we work with’ – B Gorga


‘Breaking down the reasons for the behaviours – and breaking down why they were deemed difficult’ – A Read


‘Different voices and different ideas and approaches’ – K Brown


‘It has made me be aware of the sensory overload’ – V Oliver


‘Types of challenging behaviour in detail’ – G Davies


12.45 pm Admissions and virtual tea/coffee to start the session

1.00 pm Welcome & introduction to agenda and outline of Zoom routines and protocol

Use of microphone; when to mute/unmute

Use of Video especially in breakout rooms

What happens when we breakout

Using chat

How to ask a question

Use of hands up/clapping symbols

1.15 pm Session 1: What is Challenging behaviour?

This session will explore what exactly we mean by the term challenging behaviour.  Is how we define such behaviour crucial to how we manage it?

1.35 pm Breakout Room Chat

1.50 pm Session 2: Anxiety and Challenging Behaviour

This session will consider the impact of anxiety on learners with SEND, particularly in times of change.

The links between anxiety and behaviour will be discussed.

2.10 pm Breakout Room Chat

2.25 pm COFFEE BREAK and mini online learning course

2.55 pm Discussion of key points from online learning course

3.10 pm Session 3: Practical sensory approaches to support challenging behaviour during transition

In this session, Clive will introduce 3 practical strategies you can use to influence and support pupils’ behaviour as they return to school-based routines

3.30 pm Questions and Answers

Please add questions to Zoom chat, so that any unanswered live can be followed up after the session.

3.45 pm Reflective Practice

Delegates to list 3 things they will follow up/action/share/ as a result of this course – can be put in Zoom chat or any resource of your choice

3.50 pm Plenary

4.00 pm Thank you and close of session!

Who should attend?

This will be appropriate for classroom practitioners from special schools and colleges, mainstream settings with specialist SEN provision and early years settings, who are working with pupils with Autism, PMLD/ CLDD.



Any resources shared/signposted during the session (i.e. during Zoom chat) will be emailed to delegates as a pdf after the session.



If you wish to make a group booking for this course – we can do this quickly and easily for you!  Please email a spreadsheet with the first name/surname/email addresses of the delegates you wish to book for.  This should go to lois@hirstwood.com.  We will then create access to this course for your colleagues.  A Purchase Order Number will secure your booking and we can send you an invoice.

Important information before you book


The ‘Book now!’ button will take you to a new page where you can book and pay for this course.  Please note: if you are booking for someone else, please create the account using their name and email address.  You will still be able to pay by credit card (even it has a different name/school name on it.)

Cost: £45 plus VAT per place

(£54 including VAT)