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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: Positive Behaviour Support in the Classroom

The most frequent complaint of most parents of children on the autism spectrum is that other people don’t understand why their children do what they do. The glares in the supermarket, the mumbled comments about poor parenting or the child needing a good smack show that other people often don’t understand why challenging behaviour happens and what to do about it.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is based in the science of learning and there is strong evidence for PBS as an effective approach for changing behaviour. PBS is both positive and proactive. Positive means increasing and strengthening helpful behaviours through ‘reinforcement’ (not using punishment or negative consequences to reduce the challenge). Proactive means anticipating where things may go wrong and preventing that from happening rather than just reacting when things go wrong.

Date:2 Sep 2024 (Mon)
Time:9.00am - 5.00pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.
317 Outram Road
Singapore 169075
Speaker: Ms Amanda Reed

Amanda is a speech pathologist with a Masters in Applied Linguistics. She has worked in the field of autism, across a range of settings and services, for over 30 years. Amanda has most recently worked as a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner in regional New South Wales and Victoria, Australia, a role which involved working with families to build capacity in managing the family member with autism. Amanda has facilitated workshops for professionals and families on the features of autism, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), teaching critical communication skills, applied behaviour analysis, rewards and reinforcement, and positive behaviour support. She has worked collaboratively with families, schools and allied health professionals to implement supports to improve the quality of life of individuals on the autism spectrum and has consulted to autism programs internationally. Amanda is passionate about ensuring that individuals with autism have functional communication skills and that positive behaviour support is used to create an autism-friendly environment and to improve quality of life.

Course Outline
  1. What is autism?
  2. Thinking and learning in autism
  3. Principles of environmental strategies
  4. Strategies for intervention
  5. Introduction to challenging behaviours
  6. Before the behaviour
  7. After the behaviour
  8. The function of behaviour
  9. Replacement behaviours
  10. Reinforcing new behaviours
  11. Behaviour response planning
Course Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the areas of difference in autism
  2. Describe the aspects of thinking and learning that are different in autism
  3. Define positive behaviour support
  4. Identify the key principles of environmental strategies
  5. Recognise the six functions of behaviour
  6. Describe three tools used in PBS
Who Can Benefit?

SPED Teachers, Early childhood educators, Allied Health Professionals, Parents /Caregivers

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)
30 Jun 2024 420
Normal Till Full 480