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Autism & Learning Disabilities - Overcoming the Challenges

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The Waterloo Action Centre

14 Baylis Road



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Autism & Learning Disability Behaviour Help

Two Realistic and Down-to-Earth Sessions in One Event

for Parents, Carers & those who work with Children, Young Adults & Families

How to Reduce Violent & Challenging Behaviour


Puberty & Sexuality, & its impact on Autism & Learning Disabilities

Here's what people said after the first Event on 28th October -

I enjoyed both sessions, great practical advice

Very friendly speakers

The information delivered for puberty and VCB was excellent

Down to earth, practical, both sessions helped me to see things from child’s perspective

All of it! Very well presented and in a way that was easy to understand

Both talks were very informative. Liked the fact that Mark didn’t flower it up and said it how it was. Great!

Both talks excellent and innovative

Meeting both Mark and Yvonne and other parents who you can share experiences. Strategies and info to be trialled at home

Both presenters were very friendly and informative. Also provided real examples and we could relate to all of them.

Thank you Mark! Thank you Yvonne!

Lots of new material to take in – all was excellent thank you.

Learnt new information/facts/tips about autism/learning disabilities which I can use in my professional capacity

Nothing could be done better

Yvonne’s personal experiences made the session authentic.

Wonderful work raising awareness of the issues facing parents and the lack of support of families dealing with VCB

Love Yvonne’s passion and authenticity, just brilliant. I really enjoyed Mark’s down-to-earth approach.

Please do more sessions and conferences!

Thank you for all your help and advice

Brilliant, thank you.

Thank you for the excellent opportunity and information to know we are not alone, new behaviour ideas and to help my understanding of my child

How to Reduce Violent and Challenging Behaviour in SEND Children

with Yvonne Newbold

Exploring the underlying causes of violent and challenging behaviour (VCB) in children and adults with a learning disability and/or autism, and the way it affects the people around them. Topics covered will include

  • Understanding the underlying causes of VCB and how to reduce triggers
  • How all behaviour is a form of communication, and how to interpret what they’re telling us
  • Practical strategies and approaches to reduce VCB
  • Sensory issues, transitions, routines, theory of mind and much much more

“Such an inspiring woman delivering a fantastic session -the best ever! So informative and apt, every SEND parent should attend.”

About Yvonne's Session - VCB or Violent and Challenging Behaviour

What do you do as a parent if your child starts lashing out at home, causing injuries to family members as well as damaging the house and its contents? If you’re a professional and you’re working with a family who has a child who is presenting with these sorts of behaviours, how can you help? This session will give you some of the approaches, strategies and tools to enable you to understand why VCB (violent and challenging behaviour) happens, and how a child can be supported to find different ways to express their feelings, needs and frustrations.

Yvonne lived with VCB for several years before eventually being able to access the specialist intervention that helped her autistic and severely disabled son turn his behaviour around completely. She has read, researched and learnt as much as she can about the approaches, techniques, strategies and interventions that can turn VCB behaviour around, and wishes she had known all this information years ago when her son’s behaviour first started going adrift. Most of the information she needed has been in the public domain for two or three decades, but it’s not easy to find and nobody signposted her too it.

This session will help families understand their child’s behaviour and to leave with a basic toolbox of skills and strategies to be able to start to make a difference at home. There are no easy solutions or quick fixes; changing VCB behaviour takes commitment, consistency and determination, but Yvonne’s session can help you do it, with some ideas to implement straight away.

About Yvonne Newbold

Mother; Author of The Special Parent’s Handbook; Speaker; Trainer; WHIS Ambassador, Autism, Learning Disabilities & Families; Advisor, NHS England Learning Disabilities & Autism; School for Change Agents Graduate 2017; PENNA Outstanding Contribution to Patient Experience Award 2016; LDT Learning Disability Champion Award 2015; HSJ Top 50 Inspirational Women in Healthcare Award 2014; PTTLS Level 3

When Yvonne was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and learnt that she probably had a life expectancy of two years at best, she knew exactly what her bucket list was going to be. She wanted to do whatever she could to make the lives of the next generation of children like her own medically fragile and profoundly disabled son, Toby, significantly better, and improve the quality of life for their families. That’s what she has been doing ever since, firstly but writing her book “The Special Parent’s Handbook” and since then by speaking at conferences, designing and delivering workshops, and supporting families and the staff who work with their children in any way she can. One aspect of Special Needs Parenting that Yvonne has focused on particularly is the lack of help and support for families where a child, often with a diagnosis of autism, a learning disability or ADHD, is violent and destructive at home. She has organised a conference on this issue, she runs training courses, workshops and gives talks about the underlying causes and what can help to reduce these behaviours. Meanwhile, Yvonne has so far survived nearly five years since she was given her original prognosis, and her on-going treatment seems to be working far better than anyone once dared to hope it would.

Yvonne's Website http://yvonnenewbold.com/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thespecialparentshandbook/

Twitter - @YvonneNewbold

Puberty & Sexuality, & its impact on Autism & Learning Disabilities

with Mark Brown

Exploring the issues faced by children and teenagers with a learning disability and/or autism, when they are going through puberty, and the impact this can have on their family and wider circle. Topics covered will include

  • Identifying the characteristics of puberty that can have a significant effect on young people
  • Providing an understanding of anger management related to puberty
  • Practical approaches which can be taken to address inappropriate sexualised behaviours
  • How it’s never too early to start planning for puberty

“A very direct session not covering things up or shunning issues. I will certainly now spend more time discussing growing up with my son”

About Mark's Session

How do you teach your child about sex, relationships and growing up when they have language processing difficulties and may not understand the subtle cues and nuances of appropriate behaviour? What can you as a parent, a carer or another responsible adults in the child's life do and say to help them make sense of these complex and difficult issues so they know how to keep themselves and others safe?

Sometimes, due to our own embarrassment, it can seem easier to say nothing at all and hope for the best, but that can have catastrophic consequences. It leaves our children very vulnerable to either being taken advantage of themselves, or of entering the criminal justice system later on due to their own lack of understanding of what is and isn't acceptable behaviour.

Mark Brown's session will give you the essential knowledge, understanding, tools and confidence to help your child navigate growing up much more safely. Parents love his warmth and sense of humour, and the way he can talk about all the "difficult stuff" that makes you want to rush home and start planning those vitally important conversations with your own children.

It's never too early to start - the sooner the better, because once puberty kicks in it can be so overwhelming that a child may find it harder to talk and to listen and learn the tools they need to keep themselves safe. Every parent should spend time with Mark, so that every child gets a chance of gaining the sexual knowledge and understanding in a way they can process at their own pace, learning about themselves and their development that will last a lifetime.

NB Mark will be able to offer a very limited number of 15 minute one-to-one consultations with family members, to be allocated during the event.

About Mark Brown

Special Needs Advisor, RNLD, MA Autism, Dip App Psych, Dip Prof Prac

Mark has worked with people with special needs for 30 years during which he has worked in long stay homes, including managing a home for adults with behavioural difficulties, as well as in direct work with parents and families. Mark founded Special Help 4 Special Needs in 2010 and in his role as Special Needs Advisor he works with a range of individuals with various special needs, including children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome and many other conditions. Although the aim of this support is to assist the parents and families in working with their child’s special need and associated difficulties, the most prominent issues have been: Behaviour, Toileting issues, Sleep, Anxiety, and Sexuality and Puberty including sexualised behaviour. The approaches used are person centred as well as family centred to ensure greater success, and utilise various approaches including one to one sessions with the teenager exploring their emotions, etc. Mark has also been involved in the development of an enhanced sex education course for teenagers which also deals with inappropriate sexual behaviour. In addition to his everyday work, he was a regular contributor for The LIME Magazine in which he was also the resident “Agony Uncle” in the "Ask Mark" column.

Away from his work, he also runs a social club for adults with learning disabilities aimed at developing their social skills and confidence in using them.

Mark's Website http://www.shsn.co.uk/


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, all attendees must be aged 18 or over, due to the sensitive subject matter that will be discussed.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email Yvonne - yvonne@yvonnenewbold.com. Yvonne will try and get back to you as soon as possible, but there may be times when a same-day response is difficult, so please bear with her, and she will do her utmost to reply within 48 hours.

What's the refund policy?

100% refund until 30 days before the event. However, Yvonne and Mark will do all they can to be flexible, and if there is a waiting list refunds or part-refunds may be possible beyond this date.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

It would help to have your ticket accessible, either printed or on your phone, when you arrive.

Can I change my ticket to another date?

If you wish to change your ticket to another date, we will do what we can to accommodate your request, however it will depend on ticket availability,

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

As long as the person you are transfering it to is over the age of 18, and you let Yvonne know by email beforehand, that should be OK. Yvonne's email is yvonne@yvonnenewbold.com

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