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Managing Distressed Behaviour for Parents, Families and Caregivers

Managing Distressed Behavior for Parents, Families and Caregivers

Level: Beginner to Advanced

For: Parents, caregivers, and family members

Saturday, June 1 @ 9:30 am 3:30 pm PDT

Presented by Allison Balfour, Sharon Power, and Heather Lavigne

This in-person course is designed to emphasize practical, non-confrontational approaches for assisting individuals experiencing significant distress and exhibiting challenging behaviors.

Attend this program to learn:

  • Legal issues and the role of policies
  • Qualitative differences in the nature of violence
  • Carer’s levels of tolerance and reactions to distressed behavior
  • Causes of distressed behavior
  • An Introduction to Low Arousal Approaches (including interaction, defusing, and distraction strategies)
  • An introduction to debriefing (why it is necessary and how to do it)
  • Coping with distressed behavior
  • Managing versus changing behaviors

Training will be in-person at the Langley campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The courses will be facilitated by certified instructors. The program has a 12-person capacity.

Questions about the event? Please email Allison Balfour at [email protected]

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Allison Balfour

Allison is a dedicated advocate with over 15 years of experience in inclusive education, focusing on mental health and developmental disabilities. Her expertise is bolstered by her role as a parent to neurodivergent children, providing her with invaluable insights and empathy.

In her capacity as a member of the District Action Team for Autism in Surrey Schools, Allison served as a Practical Functional Assessment/Skill-based treatment implementation coach, offering essential support to students and educators alike. She also conducted Low-arousal training and collaborated with Intensive Intervention teams, integrating trauma-assumed approaches into educational practices.

Allison’s skill set encompasses teaching de-escalation techniques and facilitating social skills classes, enriching the learning environment for all students. Beyond the confines of the classroom, Allison is deeply committed to assisting families in navigating the complexities of various systems, including the Ministry, medical, and educational realms. She approaches this task as part of a multidisciplinary team, advocating tirelessly for her own neurodivergent children while supporting others in similar situations.

Sharon Power

Sharon Power is a Lead Low Arousal Trainer at Studio 3 and serves as an Inclusive Support Teacher specializing in autism within the Surrey School District. With a commitment spanning five years, Sharon has been instrumental in delivering Low Arousal Approach training and facilitating its integration into daily practices among district staff. Her dedication extends to both students experiencing distressed behaviors and the staff who support them during challenging times.

Sharon holds a Master of Education in Developmental Disabilities from the University of British Columbia and is a certified teacher in British Columbia. Since 2004, she has provided invaluable behavioral and consultative services to children and youth with autism and developmental disabilities, showcasing her expertise and passion for inclusive education.

Heather Lavigne

Heather Lavigne is a Lead Low Arousal Trainer with Studio 3 and is currently a District Behavior Specialist Teacher in the Surrey School District. For the past 5 years, she has been delivering the Low Arousal training to staff as well as supporting with the implementation of the approach to teams across the district. She is dedicated to promoting positive behavior management techniques as well as creating an inclusive learning environment for all students. Heather incorporates an understanding of the impact of trauma on student learning and behavior when supporting the implementation of Low Arousal and other evidence-based practices to promote emotional regulation and resilience.

Heather has 27 years of teaching experience with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, autism, challenging behavior, and trauma. She is passionate about fostering a culture of respect and feels strongly about providing practical strategies to help individuals and staff to regulate their emotions and behaviors effectively. Heather strives to empower adults to respond both empathetically and proactively in challenging situations, promoting a safety and well-being for all. Her experience helps teams implement low arousal techniques to support managing heightened arousal states.

The program cost is $125.

ACT is unable to provide bursaries to this workshop as the price is determined by Studio 3.

*Last day to register is May 30 at 11:59pm, 2024

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Autism Funding

If you wish to use your child’s Autism Funding to pay for your registration, ACT can invoice the Autism Funding Branch directly. If you are paying in advance to be reimbursed, you must contact the Autism Funding Branch for approval first.

For information on how to register with your Autism Funding, visit Workshop Registration Using Autism Funding.

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