Neurodevelopmental Conditions and Behaviours that Challenge


Children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions (NDCs) may present with behaviours that challenge for a variety of reasons. This training can be delivered for the age range that suits the needs of your setting.

In all settings it is very important to understand the difference between behaviour due to a neurodevelopmental condition, such as autism, ADHD or sensory processing difficulties, and behaviour that is due to other factors. This course will help delegates to identify the causes of different behaviour and so enable them to better support and manage children and young people with NDCs.

OFSTED and CQC guidance advises professionals and carers to work in a person-centred way and to be creative in order to minimise behaviour that presents as challenging.

Who is the training for?

This training is designed for professionals working with children and young people presenting with behaviours that challenge and their families. It is based on the most recent good practice guidance and research and in collaboration with parents and carers themselves as experts in their own experience. 

By the end of the training, participants will:

  • Identify what are challenging behaviours
  • Explore why a child or young person may behave the way they do
  • Recognise the similarities, differences and overlaps between some behaviours often associated with neurodevelopmental conditions
  • Gain an understanding of how sensory processing difficulties (SPD) can result in some behaviours that are challenging
  • Identify strategies to support children and young people and to manage some behaviours that challenge
  • Understand how to encourage positive behaviour by using different techniques

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