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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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Overcoming the Challenges are occasional Central London-based Saturday morning SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Training sessions, packed full of information and learning about two aspects of behaviours common in children with additional needs – Violent and Challenging Behaviour (VCB), and Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour. Fast paced, yet welcoming and relaxed, Yvonne Newbold and Mark Brown are delivering training on two of the most difficult, yet vitally important issues that affect SEND children, their families and their communities, in a clear and effective way, with comprehensive notes and all slides being shared with participants after the session.

Open to both professionals and parents, this training will give you a clear understanding of the underlying issues that cause violent behaviour in this group of children, the approaches that are effective in helping to reverse it, and de-escalation strategies to enable better coping skills during any violent episode. It will also remove much of the embarrassment about talking about sex, a much greater understanding of how to provide more meaningful learning about sex education in a way that a SEND child can understand it more clearly, and the confidence to start conversations with children about sexual behaviours so they understand boundaries and can more easily understand issues such as consent and coercion.

Yvonne Newbold is the author of “The Special Parent’s Handbook”, and the mother of Toby, who is a medically fragile young adult with profound disabilities, and she works tirelessly to improve the quality of life of families like her own. Mark Brown is a Special Educational Needs Advisor, the Founder of Special Help for Special Needs, and he is nearing completion of his PhD, which has focused on the Relationship and Sex Education being provided within schools for individuals who are on the autistic spectrum in order to reduce their vulnerability to abuse and coming into contact with the Criminal Justice System.

Violent and Challenging Behaviour is very common in children with neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, ADHD, Learning Disabilities or PDA, yet there is very little training, information or support for families affected by this or for the front-line professionals who work with them in schools, healthcare or social services. Instead, parents feel judged, blamed, embarrassed and ashamed, and find it almost impossible to access the specialist help they need to support their children to turn their behaviours around effectively. There are well-established strategies and approaches which can work very well, but parents aren’t given this information as a matter of course. Unless a child’s behaviour is addressed appropriately, they are likely to be on a trajectory which will lead directly to entering the Criminal Justice System when they are older. It is probably no coincidence that research indicates that our prison populations have disproportionately high numbers of convicted offenders who have autism, a learning disability or ADHD. Yvonne is passionate about getting the right information and skills to families where they are most needed, so that a child can be given back their future and look forward to a happy and productive adult life instead of an adulthood overshadowed by a criminal record.

Puberty, Sex and Relationships are hard enough for any teenager to navigate, but for young people with autism, a learning disability, ADHD or PDA, understanding social boundaries and complex concepts such as consent and coercion are far more difficult. With the internet bringing the whole world into our children’s bedrooms, and the legal consequences of getting things wrong, understanding how to keep children safe has never been more complicated. Even if puberty is still several years away for the children in your care, Mark’s session will be incredibly useful, because there is so much we can do to prepare our children for growing up safely. You will leave this session with a much greater understanding of how to help your child develop the skills that keep themselves safe, both from being a victim of abuse, and also from accidentally breaking the law. It will also give you the confidence to have important conversations with children and young people to help them to take on board the physical changes that puberty brings, and to deliver sex education to children and young people in a meaningful way which they will be able to take on board much more easily.

What do people say afterwards?

“These are excellent events that are vital for those attending to share, learn, grow and develop their understanding and uncover solutions as well as providing essential support” (Jim Blair, Nurse Consultant, Learning Disabilities, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

“Just heard Yvonne Newbold, a parent & writer, talk on violent & challenging behaviour in children with additional needs. All parents who experience this should listen for the comfort and the wisdom” (Tricia Handley, Learning Disability Lead, Barts Health NHS Trust)

“Having attended the first session last year, I can attest to how helpful these courses are. I learned a lot AND I realised I wasn't alone.

“Both sessions were extremely useful. Thank goodness sensible people are talking about these issues”

“How welcoming and sympathetic everyone was”

“Very informational! Authentic and true to what we are all experiencing”

“It was excellent from beginning to end. Mark’s presentation was very informative and helpful, and Yvonne’s very much moved me. Was such a comfort to know others go through VCB too. First time today that I’ve admitted it to anyone outside of my family. Some useful strategies too. Extremely helpful and most of all, it gave me renewed hope”

“Relaxed environment. Extremely knowledgeable speakers”

“Really informative event, challenging behaviour was the reason for me coming but really enjoyed the talk on Puberty and was very helpful. I have learnt a great deal. Thank you”

“Lovely to be among parents experiencing similar issues”

“Mark’s presentation and knowledge about Puberty needs to be a part of sex education in schools”

“Thank you so much for today – I’ve learnt loads and been really inspired. Mark and Yvonne are needed in the special needs world! Talk with passion and respect for the people they work with and family”

“Amazing to fit so much in such a short time and presented it so well”

“Very good. I’m so glad we came. So worthwhile. Reassuring”

“So good meeting other parents and hearing again strategies for VCB. The stuff on puberty was also very useful”

“Being in a room where everyone knew what you are talking about”

Hearing that “This is not my fault”. Yvonne’s and Mark’s wonderful delivery and enthusiasm on their subjects plus practical strategies”

“Both talks were brilliant and informative, personal experiences so engaging”

“Both talks were very inspirational and full of useful strategies to try”

“The intimacy and personal approach and close atmosphere, with great sense of humour”

“Personal experiences instead of theory”

“Everything covered was excellent and vital. So good to learn, share and discuss the issues, challenges, joys and solutions”

“The humour, honesty, passion and knowledge with which Yvonne and Mark spoke”

“Meeting fellow VCB parents! Some great ideas that helped me rethink on my approach to my son”


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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