Communicating when words disappear – what is the alternative?

Communication, generally speaking uses a combination of verbal and non-verbal behaviours to express or convey a message. Speech is often used to get our message across to another person and can be supplemented using various non-verbal behaviours and gestures. Speech allows … Continue reading

What does behaviour tell us about support needs?

When we see a behaviour, there is an underlying reason for why that behaviour is occurring. Whether or not it’s an appropriate behaviour, it’s letting us know that the person is asking for help or support to get what they need. Behaviour … Continue reading

Gathering Information – Using a Profile

To understand what a person needs that will provide the best possible support, it is important to find out as much about them as we can. We recommend using a personal profile that establishes who the person is and what makes them tick (so to … Continue reading

How to reduce the impact of change?

Sometimes the slightest change however insignificant you may think it is, can be debilitating for someone who struggles with something unexpected or ‘out of routine’. The effects of change can play out as increased stress and anxiety, challenging behaviour and … Continue reading

Preparing for Puberty and Body Change

When we think of changing bodies, we most often think of puberty and the developing body. But body changes can happen in small ways at other times of life as well and it’s important to be prepared for what changes … Continue reading

How to Create a Visual Schedule

Whether we realise it or not, most of us use visual schedules of some sort, every day of our lives! Calendars, planners, ‘to do’ lists and checklists are all forms of visual schedules – visuals that help make our lives … Continue reading

Visual Behaviour Tracker – why we no longer use it

Any professional who works with young people will likely nod their head when asked if they have delved into learning about behaviour management – we still remember the many different sessions that we took part in during our early days of teaching. But one … Continue reading

Why use Visuals?

When we refer to visuals, we are talking about those things we can use or look at to help us to process information and support the way we in which we communicate. We see and use visuals everyday – calendars, … Continue reading

Behaviour and Working with Emotion

Emotional responses regularly go hand-in-hand with behaviour that is trying to tell us something. Emotion that comes with anxiety, worry, frustration, sadness or with the elation of joy. The recognition, understanding and regulation of emotion is an important process to be aware of, particularly from the … Continue reading

Behaviour Support or Person Support?

In last week’s post, we discussed the idea that Behaviour = Communication. That if you look really closely at behaviour, you’ll see that it is telling you something. And quite often, it can be something environmental that causes a person to communicate … Continue reading