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Managing Challenging Behaviour in Autism

Managing Challenging Behaviour in Autism


  • Wed 5 May, 9:00am – 3:00pm


Alexandra Park, Manukau Road, Epsom


All Ages

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This practical workshop explains how to reassess challenging behaviours and offers easy and effective strategies for managing difficult situations without having to resort to punitive measures. Based on the successful Low-Arousal Approach, Bo will present proven methods for stepping away from distress and towards calm, improving the quality of life of everyone involved. Helpful examples specific to the unique challenges of working with, caring for, and parenting people on the Autism spectrum will be discussed. Bo will show how positive changes can be achieved by focusing on how we as staff or parents manage our own thoughts and emotions.

The workshop contains both theory and practical methods of behaviour management. Low arousal approaches are based on the notion that a person needs self-control in order to cooperate, and that self-control depends on successful affect regulation. The practical methods discussed are targeted at assisting the person with autism to gain and maintain self-control in order to manage and minimise challenging behaviour.

Some of the key content areas Bo will discuss include:

Defining and conceptualising challenging behaviours: when is it difficult, when is it dangerous?
Challenging behaviours are often triggered by unsuitable surroundings or unrealistic demands. Bo will show how identifying and adapting these problem areas can dramatically improve behaviour
The low arousal approach: the theory and the application.
Ideas for managing affect regulation and techniques for regaining and keeping self-control.
Stress factors: the effect of situational stress factors including common warning signs, and protective and calming factors.

When conflict happens: effective techniques for re-establishing calm

Bo Hejlskov Elvén is a Neuropsychologist based in Scandinavia. Bo’s work centres on managing challenging behaviour’s across diagnostic boundaries, with most of this work in the autism field. He has published a number of books on low arousal approaches to challenging behaviour, including 'No Fighting, No Biting, No Screaming: How to make positive behaviour possible in autism and other developmental disabilities'. Bo’s engaging presentation style and wicked sense of humour, combined with his focus on sensible, well tested practical interventions mean this training is a must for anybody working with or caring for people on the Autism spectrum.

Participants will be together as a group and Bo will deliver & interact via live-stream.

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