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Short course

Understanding Behaviour as Communication in Learning Disability, Autism and Dementia Care

The two greatest challenges in special needs care are communication and understanding what the supported person needs.

This day introduces essential skills to solve problems including: How to build relationships through rapport-based communication and how to identify and meet the unmet needs that cause the 'distress' behaviours of people with autism, learning disabilities and dementia.

York campus or can be delivered for organisations offsite

  • Duration – 09:30-16:30
  • Start date – Postponed until further notice
  • Facilitator - Matthew Laurie

Course Fees

Course information

Who should attend?

Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language therapists, any health professionals supporting people in autism, learning disabilities and dementia care settings.

What will attendees learn?

  • The principles and practice of rapport-based communication
  • Feelings and needs reflective practice analysis
  • The principles of person centre care and communication
  • The principles of empathy, compassion and non-judgemental awareness
  • The principles of person centred dementia care
  • How to not take things personally and communicate in a way that helps others do the same

Course leader biographies

Matthew Laurie has worked with people with special needs for 20 years and is a nationally recognised expert trainer in Intensive Interaction, Musical Interaction and Repport-based Communication. Matthew was Intensive Interaction Practitioner and Co-ordinator at the Hesley Group for 10 years and continues to work part-time at Woolley Wood Special School in Sheffield developing the Intensive Interaction provision. As a consultant trainer Matthew delivered CPD and INSET days for many care and education settings around the UK and many of these services continue to use the tools and practices that he introduced.  

As a co-director of Understanding Arts CIC, Matthew co-deilvered arts in health projects in collaboration with RDASH NHS Foundation trust at Older Peoples MHU's in Rotherham and Scunthorpe. Matthew has presented at a number of conferences in the UK and Europe and he is recognised for his inspiring and thought provoking training events.

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