Managing and Adapting Challenging Behaviours in Children webinar

Dates : 15 June 2017, 22 June 2017, 29 June 2017 and 6 July 2017
Time : 17:00 – 18:00

professionals in the field of Psychology, Education, Occupational Therapy, as well as Parents, Students etc.


Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) is a comprehensive, research-based proactive approach to behavioural support that attempts to generate change for children with challenging behaviour. It involves identifying the purpose of challenging behaviour, teaching appropriate alternative responses that serve the same purpose as the behaviour, consistently rewarding positive behaviours and minimizing the physiological and environmental aspects that trigger challenging behaviour.

The way that teachers, staff, professionals and parents handle these behaviours has a significant impact on whether the behaviours are maintained as well as their rate of occurrence. This is an informative, introductory workshop on challenging behaviour.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe challenging behaviour.
  • Describe how challenging behaviour serves as a function for children
    (reasons and purposes of behaviour).
  • Discuss levels of reinforcement of behaviour.
  • Describe Positive Behavioural Support (PBS).
  • Discuss the importance of building relationships with children, families
    and colleagues.
  • Discuss the relationship between environmental variables / setting
    events and children’s challenging behaviour.
  • Be able to discuss and implement basic PBS strategies.
  • Be better equipped to obtain support and information needed.

This workshop is divided into a 4 series webinar:

Session 1 -15 June 2017
What is challenging behaviour?
Challenging behaviour in different environments (classroom vs. home)
What is Positive Behavioural Support? (PBS)
Jargon discussed briefly

Session 2 – 22 June 2017
Reinforcement – What is it?
Positive reinforcement
Negative reinforcement
Scenarios discussed

Session 3 – 29 June 2017
Risk Factors for challenging behaviour
Maintaining behaviours
Function of behaviours
The ABC’s of challenging behaviour

Session 4 – 6 July 2017
Developing positive support to change behaviours
Preventing challenging behaviours
Replacing challenging behaviours with new skills
Changing your responses to challenging behaviours

Facilitator: Tyla Ballantyne

Tyla has an honours in Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma in ABA and a Masters, focusing on Positive Behavioural Support. She is also a Registered Counsellor with the HPCSA. She has more than 10 years experience with children, focusing on developmental disorders and delays as well as counselling and support for a range of behavioural, emotional, social and academic issues.
Tyla is passionate about developing little hearts and minds, and empowering parents and professionals to do the same.

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