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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: Behaviour Change - Rewards & Reinforcement

In order to achieve lasting change in behaviour, there are several things that need to be achieved. Firstly, we must find a replacement behavior that serves the same function as the behaviour of concern. We must also ensure that this replacement behaviour is easier, more efficient, and more rewarding than the original behaviour.

This evidence-informed workshop is designed to increase the participant’s understanding of how to use rewards and reinforcement to support lasting behaviour change. The key principles of rewards and reinforcement will be discussed, and examples provided.

Dates:16 Jun 2021 (Wed)
Time:9.00am - 5.00pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Amanda Reed, BAppSc (Speech Pathology), MA (Applied Linguistics)

Amanda is a speech pathologist and behaviour support practitioner based in regional New South Wales, Australia. Her passionate interest for over 40 years has been neurodiversity, particularly those individuals who are diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Amanda has sought to better understand those who are differently wired and to support these individuals to achieve a better quality of life.

Amanda has worked in various educational settings, both mainstream and specialist. She has also taught and supervised speech pathology undergraduate students, primarily in paediatric speech and language development and disorders. For the past 20 years, Amanda has facilitated workshops and seminars internationally on a range of topics relating to autism. She has also presented at numerous conferences, both in Australia and overseas. The main areas in which Amanda has developed expertise are:

  • Communication in Autism - Differences and Supports
  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • The Impact of Communication Differences on Behaviour
  • Individualised Support
  • Determining the Function of Behaviour to Guide Support

While regularly facilitating workshops and seminars, Amanda has continued to work directly with individuals on the autism spectrum. She has supported children, teenagers and young adults with varying profiles and differences. Amanda’s knowledge sharing is informed both by evidence and by her clinical experience.

Course Outline
  1. Behaviours of concern defined
  2. Functions of behaviour
  3. Identifying replacement behaviours
  4. The definition of reinforcement
  5. Types and timing of rewards and reinforcement
  6. Visual supports to enhance effectiveness
  7. Frequency of rewards
  8. Intermittent reinforcement
  9. Q & A
Course Objectives

On completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define “behaviours of concern” and “replacement behaviours”
  • Identify possible functions of behaviours
  • Define reinforcement
  • List categories of rewards to be considered
  • Describe various visual supports that can enhance the power of rewards
  • Describe the changes in timing of rewards as a skill develops to mastery
  • Define “intermittent reinforcement” and what this means for behaviour change
Who Can Benefit?

This workshop is appropriate for parents, teachers, support workers, occupational therapists, speech pathologist and psychologists.

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)
31 Mar 2021 320
Normal Till Full 370