PRAISE Behaviour Support Training


Positive Responses, Approaches & Interventions for Supportive Environments

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday 15 June 2019

Time: 10:15 – 17:15

Venue: Classroom SE133 (First Floor), School of Education, Maynooth University North Campus

As the North campus is a one way system, it is easiest to park in the car park behind Maynooth University library on South Campus and walk across the road to the North Campus. From Maynooth, drive past Manor Mills shopping centre, turn left at lights onto Kilcock Road. Pass Aldi and the university library on the left. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit (left) and then left again into the carpark behind Maynooth Univerisity library. Walk from the library carpark to the front of the library building (you can see the back of the library from the carpark) turn left and up the steps (or ramp) to the Kilcock road pedestrian lights. Cross the road into Maynooth University North Campus. The new building straight in front of you is the School of Education (rust red and grey building – see pic attached). You can use the lift straight in front of you as you enter the building or the stairs to the right side as you enter. The room number is SE133 (near the lift and stairwell).

Link to Google Maps – directions to Maynooth University Library carpark


Fee: €89 – price includes refreshments, light lunch & handouts. Extra resources will be shared with participants via Dropbox link. Also included is the Synergy Lifelong Learning Professional Development Certificate of Attendance.

Developed by highly experienced practitioners, this is a new behaviour support programme for teachers, SNAs, pre-school practitioners, social-care staff in day and residential services, parents and any care-givers who are supporting and caring for children and young adults.

Course overview 

Module 1 – Understanding Behaviours of Concern

What are behaviours of concern

  • Definitions
  • What it looks like (topography).
  • Why does it occur?
  • Inclusion

Explore possible causes of behaviours

  • SEBD/Autism/ADHD – Communication, Emotional, Personal, etc.

Function of Behaviour

  • Escape (avoidance), seeking attention, sensory, tangible, express emotion, internal feedback.
  • Behaviour Analysis – use of ABC logs chart.
  • Understanding the why allows us to introduce effective response strategies

Module 2 – Proactive Strategies

Why Proactive?

  • Positive behaviour support
  • Introduce Behaviour Escalation Model(BEM)
  • Proactive v Reactive
  • Aim is to maintain baseline behaviour

 Proactive Interventions

  • Environment
  • Matching support staff/ relationship building
  • Communication needs
  • Transition supports
  • Learning Support needs
  • Knowing your role
  • Use of Assistive Technology
  • Role Model effective behaviours
  • Consistency in approach

 Team approach

  • Communication with all who support the individual
  • Agreed strategies that are reviewed regularly
  • Debriefing/ creating a learning environment for all involved


Module 3 – Reactive Strategies

Responses to escalating Behaviour

  • Respond to function / trigger
  • Integrated experience
  • Awareness of self
  • Active listening
  • Non-verbal communication

Reactive strategies examples

  • Behaviour level 1, Anxiety phase
  • Behaviour level 2 , Conflict/defensive phase
  • Setting limits
  • Responses to disruptive behaviour
  • Responses to intimidatory behaviour
  • What to do and not to do
  • Low arousal approach
  • Allow flexibility

Staff responses and teamwork

  • Knowing your role
  • Team support
  • Pre- planning


Module 4 – Managing Crisis Behaviour

Aggressive and potentially aggressive behaviour management strategies

  • What can I do ?
  • Decision Making
  • Proactive positioning (keep safe)
  • Managing the environment
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication at risk behaviour
  • Team responses / roles of others
  • Inter positioning
  • Self- protection techniques
  • Emergency responses to actual aggression

Importance of teamwork / debriefing

  • Reporting/Recording of incidents
  • Learning outcomes
  • Support for all involved
  • Agreed strategies for future interventions
  • Rebuilding relationships


Workshop methodology

This is a highly interactive workshop involving discussions, practical examples, videos, presentations and collaborative activities. Participating in this workshop will enable practitioners and parents to reflect on practices, experiences and challenges in their own environments.  Workshop participants will analyse, share and enhance their knowledge to help positively support children and young adults.

Facilitator experience & qualifications

Both facilitators have years of experience in education and residential settings working with children and young adults on the autism spectrum and with a wide range of other conditions including ADHD, ODD and SEBDs. Tutor formal qualifications include: Multi-Element Behaviour Support Instructor Training; Behaviour Crisis Management Instructor Training; Post-Graduate Diploma in Special & Inclusive Education; Masters in Education; Masters in ABA. We also hold numerous CPD qualifications in all areas of special education including, ASD, AAC Communication, Positive Behaviour Support and Crisis Management.

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