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Using a playful, caring and empathetic approach when faced with challenging behaviour - SNA Webinar Recording


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Content of Webinar

Challenging behaviour can be disruptive to the whole classroom. It can upset other students and make teachers and SNAs feel helpless. We must remember that behaviour is a form of communication and quite often a child is trying to let us know that their needs are not being met. Children need to feel that we as adults have connected with the emotional part of their brain before they can engage in the problem-solving areas. We can do this by being playful, curious and empathetic.

Play is the most important occupation of a child. Children learn through play and they can feel safe through play. We will look at using playfulness to diffuse challenging situations. This includes the importance of tone of voice and being silly with children! We will look at a variety of scenarios which may happen in the class and how we can respond with playfulness instead of frustration or anger. The webinar will also introduce the concept of curiosity and how we can support children in understanding their behaviours and why they are happening. This webinar will focus on the child as a whole, rather than focusing on their behaviours. It aims to help you see what may be driving the behaviour and how we can increase feelings of safety in school.

Bio of Presenter: Martha NĂ­ Fhlatharta

Martha is an Irish school-based Occupational Therapist, working specifically in a specialist school in the UK for children with Developmental Language Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder and accompanying sensory processing, motor skill, visual perceptual and executive functioning needs. Her role mainly focuses on increasing independence in activities of daily living, using sensory strategies, adaptive equipment and assistive technology to support student participation within the classroom, home environment and within the community.

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