- (2 Day Workshop)
DATE: Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd of April 2020
TIME: 9.00am - 4:30pm
Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes early to get settled
VENUE: Education Development Centre
4 Milner St, Hindmarsh, South Australia
Link to Google Maps
COST OF 2 DAY WORKSHOP:
$555.50 (incl $50.50 GST) Early Bird valid until Sunday 2nd of February
$610.50 (incl $55.50 GST) Standard Rate valid from Monday 3rd of February
"Is there a better way? – Exploring the role of communication for people with complex needs and behaviour that challenges" 2 Day Workshop
- Presented by Jaquie Mills & Debbie Lobb
Is There a Better Way? was developed from one of the projects funded by the WA Disability Services Commission as part of the positive Behaviour Framework guiding committee’s role in assisting the understanding of behaviour and reduction of restrictive practices. It explores the reasons why commonly used strategies to manage behaviour don’t work for some individuals and what we can do to help them. We encourage both professionals working with AAC users and families to attend, to work towards being on the same page. It is recommended that managers or leadership team members also attend the event to ensure a collaborative and cohesive safe learning environment for all.
ITaBW? is not designed to help teams design safe ways of responding to behaviour at the time it occurs, although we do touch on some basic principles. It is more pro-active and about reducing behaviour by meeting people’s underlying needs over time. It shares low risk strategies for responding to behaviour (it isn’t about developing a behaviour plan, but more about subtle changes in carer behaviours and environments) which are most likely to effect positive change, and least likely to risk harm. These changes are primarily in the quality of their interactions, their understanding of predictability and consistency, and the use of visual supports to assist processing and communication.
THIS WORKSHOP WILL LOOK AT:
1. How does our understanding of the relationship between disability and challenging behaviour affect the way we respond? (online)
2. What is the underlying neurology of behaviour? What is happening in peoples' brains when they behave in challenging ways, and why? 3. Why is a human rights approach approach to behaviour helpful, what are communication rights, and how can understanding them help?
4. What are some common communication needs for Individuals experiencing challenging behaviour and how can we meet them?
5. Why is predictability and routine important, and what are some principles for embedding predictability? (online)
6. Which kinds of interactions between carers and individuals help them to feel safe and connected?
7. What are restrictive practices and how can we work to reduce them? 8. What are some principles and examples of Positive Behaviour Support?
MORE ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:
Jaquie Mills is the parent of four sons, two with disabilities, with her eldest having complex communication needs. Jaquie has worked in a wide range of areas related to the support of people with complex communication needs and challenging behaviour. She developed the ‘Is There a Better Way?’ program which is now in its 5th year of helping families, schools and services to understand challenging behaviour and its relationship with communication rights. Jaquie managed the development of the Graduate Certificate in Complex Communication Needs at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia which is now in its fifth year. Jaquie facilitates a weekly communication and literacy group for adults with complex communication needs and with them, in 2018, developed a series of resources to support people with CCN to engage in their NDIS planning process. Jaquie is also managing director of Microboards Australia, an organisation which develops microboards – a group of committed friends, family and community who support persons with a disability to plan and achieve the life they want to have. In 2016 Jaquie received the WA Community Citizen of the Year award for her years supporting people with disability and disadvantaged children, and in 2017 she was a finalist in 2017 West Australian of the Year awards in recognition of her work developing the microboard model and supporting people with complex communication needs and behaviours which can be challenging.
Initially a Speech Pathologist, Debbie Lobb has worked with people with disability for over 25 years. During that time she has held many roles including AAC specialist, chair of WA branch for Makaton/Key Word Sign, Autism assessor and specialist. However the majority of Debbie’s career has been in the area of working with families and service providers who support people with complex behavioural needs. She has been an instrumental leader in the development of WA sector wide collaboration for progressive service approaches and supports for people with complex needs and behaviour that challenges us. In addition to her consultative and training role across the sector, Debbie has forged strong partnerships with family leaders who have been instrumental in creating system change for people with complex needs and behaviour that challenges. Debbie is currently the course developer for the behaviour support unit as part of the Graduate Certificate in Complex Communication Needs.
PLEASE NOTE: This event includes 2 full day workshops and 2 online modules (which each take about 45 minutes to complete). Microboards Australia are also able to offer follow up coaching support to organisations or families looking for additional support.
Morning tea and lunch will be provided for both days.