Multiple sessions available from Mon 26 Feb 2018 to Thu 1 Mar 2018
|Trainer||Bo Hejlskov Elven (SWE)|
|Includes||Catering, handbook and certificate|
Fighting, biting, screaming and behaviours that challenge the people dealing with them, are often triggered by unsuitable surroundings or unrealistic demands. In this fresh and effective workshop, Scandinavian psychologist, Bo Hejlskov Elvén, shows how identifying and adapting these problem areas can dramatically improve the quality of life of people with autism and other developmental disabilities as well as parents and staff.
This practical workshop explains how to reassess challenging behaviours and offers easy and effective strategies for eliciting positive responses 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 caring, teaching or working with, people on the Autistic spectrum will be discussed. Bo will show how positive changes can be achieved.
The workshop explores both the theory and practical methods of behaviour management using the successful Low Arousal Approach. 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. 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
This workshop will be invaluable to anyone attempting to deal with unproductive behaviour in individuals with developmental disabilities, whether at home, school or a professional environment.
Bo Hejlskov Elvén is a Scandinavian clinical psychologist. He guides and lectures concern managing challenging behaviours in care and special education, mainly with children and adults with developmental disabilities such as autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD or intellectual disabilities. He has also successfully used the Low Arousal Approach in the psychiatric field and in juvenile correction facilities. The basis of his methods is developmental neuropsychology, stress and affect theory. The methods are part of an increasing knowledge base in the tradition often named Low Arousal Approach.
“The behaviours I work with are acting out such as slapping, kicking, biting and destroying and even self harm. Apart from that my methods are effective in dealing with threats, oppositional and obscene behaviour. The methods focus on changing staff and parent behaviour, not the behaviour of the service-user or child.” - Bo Hejlskov Elvén