Middletown Centre for Autism - Professional (Northern Ireland)

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Professional (Northern Ireland)

Course Detail

Management of Challenging Behaviour in School

  • Venue : North West Teachers' Centre, Derry/Londonderry
  • Closing Date : Friday 17 May 2013 12:00AM
  • Start Date : Friday 24 May 2013 09:30AM
  • End Date : Friday 24 May 2013 04:00PM

Target Audience

This training session is designed to develop the understanding of behaviour, in particular challenging behaviour, for all education professionals working with children and young people with autism.


This training session will provide participants with information on how aspects of autism can give rise to behaviour that challenges and suggest strategies for the prevention and management of such behaviour in the school setting.

This will include:

         The communicative intent of behaviour.

         Functional analysis.

         Triad of Impairments and how this can underlie challenging behaviour.

         Strategies for the prevention and management of challenging behaviour.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the training, participants will:

         Develop a framework for establishing the function of behaviour.

         Have ideas for teaching the child skills and behaviours that may lessen incidents of challenging behaviour.

         Have strategies for shaping behaviour.

Develop knowledge and skills required to cope with challenging behaviour.


  • Suzanne McCanney
    Suzanne McCanney

    Suzanne McCanney is the Learning Support Manager in Middletown Centre for Autism. Prior to this, she was Assistant Advisory Officer for Special Educational Needs in the Western Education and Library Board (WELB). Suzanne also worked as a Project Manager for the Cross-Border Parent Community and School Partnership Programme; part of the focus for this programme was developing transition resources for children with autism. She has worked with children with autism in her capacity as a resource teacher for Special Educational Needs in the Republic of Ireland. Suzanne is a qualified teacher and has a Master’s degree in Special Educational Needs Teaching.

  • Leah McKeown
    Leah McKeown

    Leah McKeown is the Behaviour Intervention Specialist in Middletown Centre for Autism. Prior to this, she was employed as an Assistant Psychologist, within the Clinical Psychology Department of a provider of residential care for adults with autism, learning disabilities and mental health issues in Berkshire. She also gained extensive experience working with young people with autism in her capacity as a Unit Manager of a Residential Special School in Oxfordshire for teenage boys with autism and social and emotional behavioural difficulties. Leah spent many years within the voluntary sector in Belfast, supporting children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, who frequently displayed challenging behaviour.

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