What is a Behavioural Strategist?
A behavioural strategist may deliver services and support in a range of settings including the home, community, school and office setting. Their role is primarily to support families, aids and teachers to address behaviours of concern and further develop and teach skills in areas which delays may be present.
How a Behaviour Strategist can help?
- Identifying the why: Helping aids, teachers and families to identify the function and reason for why behaviours are occurring.
- Reducing difficult behaviours: Identifying effective strategies to reduce behaviours such as meltdowns, tantrums, aggression, refusal, shutdown and avoidance behaviours.
- Building skills and capacity: Identifying effective and practical strategies to develop the child’s skills in areas such as transitions, daily tasks, ability to effectively communicate wants and needs, social skills, play skills, regulation, personal hygiene tasks and many other areas.
- Supporting aids, teachers and families: Supporting those around the child to navigate behaviours and effectively apply strategies in daily life.
- Connection: Connecting families with additional supports and services where appropriate.
Signs my child benefit from behavioural support?
Your child may benefit from behavioural support if they are having difficulty in any of the following areas:
- Effectively communicating wants and needs
- Following verbal instructions
- Following daily routine
- Regular tantrums or meltdowns
- Aggression towards self or others
- Emotional regulation
- Physical regulation
- Difficulty staying on task
- Running off
- Social interactions and friendships
- Limited or rigid play
- Joint attention
- Personal hygiene tasks
- Meal times
- Bed time
Born and raised in Nelson, New Zealand, I made the move to Canmore in 2016. Prior to moving to Canada, I ran a non-profit organization delivering social and life skill programs to individuals with Down Syndrome. Since moving to Canada my role has been primarily in the delivery of PUF and FSCD services. With my educational background in Education, Child and Family Psychology and Applied Behaviour I take a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to behavioural intervention. My approach combines behavioural principles with broader frameworks related to regulation, cognitive development and play based interventions. My primary goal when working with a child is to explore and identify the ‘why’ and function behind the behaviour. Once this is established, I then support those around the child in the implementation of practical and effective strategies to address target behaviours. This can involve strategies and tools to both decrease problem behaviours and developing skills in areas in which delays may be seen. Outside of work you will find me keeping active and enjoying the mountain lifestyle on my bike, skis or snowboard.
Services delivered : FSCD, PUF, Private.