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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: Analysing the Functions of Behaviour to Guide Support

Behaviour change requires an understanding of the reasons why a particular behaviour occurs. Determining these reasons requires an objective, logical process of analysis. Behaviour change will not be maintained if the function of the original behaviour of concern is not central to the supports provided.

This evidence-informed workshop is designed to increase the participant’s understanding of the process of establishing the function of a behaviour of concern and determining the supports required for the individual.

Dates:06 Sep 2022 (Tue)
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 specialist 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. Definition of behaviours of concern
  2. Factors which contribute to these behaviour
  3. Objectively describing the behaviour
  4. Precipitating factors
  5. Responses and reactions following the occurrence of a behaviour
  6. The functions of behaviour
  7. Environmental supports
  8. Replacement behaviours
  9. Rewards and reinforcement
  10. Reviewing the plan
  11. Q & A
Course Objectives

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

  • Identify factors to consider prior to completing an analysis of a behaviour of concern
  • List factors which contribute to behaviours of concern
  • Objectively describe a range of behaviours of concern
  • Define precipitating factors
  • Describe reactions to behaviours of concern
  • List the primary functions of behaviours of concern
  • Identify environmental supports that will reduce the likelihood that behaviours of concern will occur
  • Generate possible replacement behaviours which have the same function as the behaviour of concern
  • Define reinforcement and describe a range of ways in which behaviour can be rewarded
  • Describe the reasons that regular reviews of progress are essential
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$)
30 Jul 2022 300
Normal Till Full 350