Last week I worked locally with play scheme workers and after school workers, getting them trained up ready for the Easter holiday fun and chaos.

The course chosen to support them to be more inclusive was Help! I’m being Challenged

The name of the course Help! I’m being Challenged reflects exactly what the training addressees. Your challenges! Not the young peoples!

I have been involved and worked with many children and young people over the years and not one of them has ever found their own behaviour challenging!

It is the individual receiving the behaviour who finds it challenging not the young person. Behaviour that challenges often occurs as a result of our lack of awareness, as to the demands we make of any young person in any given situation.

Medical conditions or impairments such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder do not directly cause behaviour that challenges, instead a lack of effective and appropriate communication methods, techniques and resources, lack of appropriate equality/inclusion training, labelling and stereotypical attitudes and inflexibility, lack of awareness and ignorance in policy and procedures caused the behaviour to become challenging to others.

Therefore it is our responsibility as professionals, practitioners and carers to understand what we are getting ‘wrong’ in any give situation and fix it.  Time, observation, reflection, companion, patience and the will to want to get it right will ensure you will eventually do so.

Help! I’m being challenged gives you an opportunity to look at behaviour from a different perspective. The purpose of the course is to provide learners with an awareness of environmental barriers, affects and triggers to behaviour and provide skills to develop and implement strategies to support  behaviour that can be challenges to us.

With the clocks having spring forward an hour, and on a very wet and windy Sunday morning, with a couple of hangovers in the mix, I was extremely happy and surprised to have seventeen learners in the room.  Many of then saying ‘I only came because you are delivering the course, I’d of stayed in bed otherwise!’

We spent the day together  discussing what behaviour is, what can trigger certain behaviours, our own attitudes towards children with behaviour we find challenging, how well they thought they communicated and how to use the Support Triangle. With a few games thrown in to illustrate particular issues. (I can’t go a day without playing a game!)

The day flow past with lots of laughter, learning, participation and light bulb moments. What seems to of struck them most it the understanding of antecedence, what they will takeaway and implement is Support Triangles.

From my perspective, the course went well and seems to have boosted their confidence in being will and able to support behaviours that may challenge us.  Phew a good days work!

Ally