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Positive Behaviour Support: An Approach for Tricky Behaviours

Special Education Planning
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This workshop is for educators who teach children/ students with tricky or challenging behaviour. The three presenters will provide practical and relevant ideas to implement positive behaviour support for children/ students with autism or other developmental delays. Positive behaviour support is an evidence based method where appropriate behaviour is increased and behaviour that interferes with learning is reduced. It provides a supportive learning environment for children/ students and is an essential tool for educators and parents of children with disabilities. Participants will learn about functional behaviour assessments, appropriate interventions and how the function and purpose of behaviour must be determined before effective supports are developed.

In particular there will be a focus on:

The ABCs (antecendent, behaviour and consequences).
How behaviour serves one of the four functions of behaviour.
Each of the four functions of behaviour (sensory, escape, attention & tangible).
Practical and relevant strategies.


This workshop is suitable for special education, early childhood, junior primary, primary, secondary educators, including assistants, and parents.


Leanne Longfellow is a special education teacher, academic researcher and a parent of a young adult with disabilities. She has taught in a variety of special education settings over a thirty year period, provided numerous professional learning sessions for educators, presented at Australian and international educational conferences, taught education in a university context and is in the final stages of completing doctoral research in special education at UniSA.

Kate Whitehead completed her Masters in Applied Behavioural Analysis through Arizona State University in August 2017 and is currently working toward attaining her BCBA credential. She has worked in the area of Applied Behavioural Analysis since 2013. She has exyensive experience in functional communication training to reduce challenging behaviour and in providing parent, educator and therapist training.


Participants will receive a certificate of attendance referenced to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Participants will receive handouts and suggested reading to build on this professional learning.

Tea, coffee and snacks are included.


'I am a kindy relief teacher and I have been to one workshop previously and it was informative and at a good level of understanding so thank you for running these at an affordable price' Marian Harper (Early Childhood Teacher)

'I enjoyed the workshop. It was informative and we were able to share views and opinions. I was able to update my knowledge on students with disabilities'. Gaylene Green (JP Teacher)

'I found the session really informative and enjoyed that you covered all types of strategies for different behavioural needs. I found it really beneficial for you to mention/list the different resources available. This session will definitely improve my one on one sessions with students and I look forward to attending some more of your seminars'' Chandra Payne (School Services Officer)

'Leanne’s workshops convey practical information and insights in a relevant and concise manner. I have learnt so much about many aspects of special education, incorporating positive strategies and resources, which I can readily use to support my professional practice. I thoroughly recommend Leanne’s workshops as a great source of professional learning for us as educators, to feel inspired and well-supported' C.B.

'This workshop exceeded all my expectations' Abbie Kemp (Junior Primary Teacher)


What can I bring into the event?

You require a pen and something to lean on when writing.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact Special Education Planning at info@specialeducationplanning.com.au

What's the refund policy?

You are entitled to a refund, minus the booking fee, up to 30 days prior to the event.