Middletown Centre for Autism - Training for Parents (Northern Ireland)

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Training for Parents (Northern Ireland)

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Autism and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour - Day 2 of 6

  • Venue : John Paul II Primary School, Whiterock Road, Belfast BT12 7FW, Antrim
  • Closing Date : Tuesday 25 April 2017 08:00PM
  • Start Date : Tuesday 2 May 2017 11:00AM
  • End Date : Tuesday 2 May 2017 01:00PM

Please note that the start time listed above is the training time - Registration will commence 30 mins before this


Six Week Parent Training Programme - Primary School

Programme Content

  1. Autism, Learning Style and the Impact of Visual Teaching Methods
  2. Autism and Sensory Processing
  3. Autism and Anxiety Management
  4. Autism and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour
  5. Autism and Transitions
  6. Make & Take

Course Description

This six-week programme has been designed for parents and family members who are living with Primary aged children with autism.


Autism and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour

Every day, children and young people with autism are expected to cope with the challenges of a world, which can often seem bewildering and unpredictable. This can cause high levels of anxiety and stress, resulting in behaviours that can be difficult to deal with, offering significant challenges to all of those living with the child or young person.

Responding effectively to behaviour remains a concern for parents. Early intervention and planning is important to ensure that children have an array of proactive strategies to defuse rather than escalate a difficult situation.

This session will examine how the core features of autism can influence the behaviour of children. Finding the function of behaviour will be highlighted as the starting point of any Behaviour Support Plan.

Expected Outcomes

Parents will:

  • Understand how the core features of autism can influence behaviour causing behaviours that challenge.
  • Understand the importance of identifying the function of a behaviour and developing a basic behaviour support plan.
  • Learn practical strategies for recognising early warning signs and making positive interventions, reducing potential triggers.
  • Anxiety and its impact on behaviour.

Course overview / content

How the core features can affect behaviour.

Introduction to Behaviour Support Plans recognising the benefits of:

  • Clarity of information, including expectations and procedures.
  • Consistency: A healthy, strong Home School Partnership is vital.
  • Common sense: Remembering that sometimes the most effective is also the most straightforward and easiest.
  • Continuation: Keeping the teaching and the positive supports in place to continue to help the child or young person to develop effective habits and more adaptive skills.


  • Frances O’Neill
    Frances O’Neill

    Frances O’Neill is an Autism Trainer/Advisor in Middletown Centre for Autism. Frances has worked in Special, Post Primary and Further Education settings. She holds Post Graduate Certificates and Diplomas in Education and an MSc in autism.



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