Workshops in

Southern Africa

Day One

BEHAVIOUR is whatever a living organism does that a dead organism can't. Behaviours are what determine an individual's success or failure to achieve desired outcomes at any particular point in time. Some of the more complex skill sets are all just a group or chain of behaviours. If we had a science that could help shape behaviours for a favourable outcome- how powerful would that be? Come and learn what science has to offer so far!

SLEEP is something that many parents struggle with, both for themselves and their children. If a child has a developmental delay it is often the case that they will struggle even more. Teachers who are trying help children to learn have found that when their pupil has had a bad nights sleep they find it harder to concentrate, cry easily and are more likely to engage in inappropriate or challenging behaviours. Come and learn about ways to identify what some of the underlying issues are and how to treat them. 

EATING habits play a huge role in the health and functioning of an individual. If children are fussy eaters, have narrow diets or crave unhealthy foods, this can have a big impact on their learning ability and behaviour in general. Many children with developmental delays, autism in particular have food allergies and eat a narrow range of foods or exhibit challenging behaviours when it comes to eating. Some even develop Pica, which is the eating of inedible substances like sand or paper etc. There are solutions - have your pen and paper ready!

TOILETING can bring a smile to some teachers' or parents' faces as they think of endearing times when their little ones learnt to use the loo, while others grimace at the memory. If you care for a child with a developmental delay this can be even more challenging. Fear not! Science have some proven methods to help anyone of any ability to learn to use the loo appropriately. Let me tell you about these methods and present some research that is very enlightening.

FLEXIBILITY determines how easily we can adapt to and cope with change. Young children and those with developmental delays, especially autism, find this very difficult. Parents and teachers have expressed their dismay and exasperation when children have intense meltdowns if something is done in a certain way or at a certain time, or if specific items are moved or touched. These are just a few examples of the behaviours children display when they suffer with not having sufficient flexibility. So what can we do about it? Lots actually! Come and hear.

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