Autism, Anxiety and Challenging Behaviours

What is underlying when we see behaviours that challenge in autistic children?

What can we do to support the child and reduce the distress they are communicating and support positive communication?

This session will talk through these questions and provide some ‘take aways’ that parents/carers/teachers can put into practice.

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What this webinar covers:

  • 0:00 – 0:36: Introduction
  • 0:37 – 2:19: The origins of ‘challenging behaviour’
  • 2:20 – 3:58: Defining ‘challenging behaviour’
  • 3:59 – 5:18: What causes challenging behaviour?
  • 5:19 – 8:15: Serious considerations – is your child’s behaviour really termed as challenging behaviour?
  • 8:16 – 41:43: Causes of challenging behaviour and how we can manage them.
  • 8:27 -15:54: Decreasing anxiety
  • 15:55 – 24:31: Sensory differences and sensory input
  • 24:37 – 29:21: Sensory support
  • 29:22 – 36:08: Communication and emotional literacy
  • 36:09 – 41:43: Alexithymia and emotions
  • 41:44 – 54:48: Meltdowns 
  • 48:54 – 52:22: The negative cycle of meltdowns
  • 52:23 – 54:48: Supporting children in meltdown
  • 54:49 – End: Conclusion and takeaways from the webinar

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Autism and behaviour zoom webinar

Jodie Smitten

Jodie Smitten is an independent children’s well-being practitioner specialising in autism. Jodie has many years of experience in working alongside autistic children and their families; advocating for identification, educational adjustments, changes in parental approaches and positive self-identity. Jodie has degree in psychology, a post graduate certificate in autism & Asperger’s syndrome and is undertaking a Masters in the same subject. Jodie is also a parent of autistic children.

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