You can help me to support anyone who wants to affect positive and permanent behavioural change for the better.
Aluna Behaviour Consultancy launched on Friday 1st April 2022. I hope to help to identify, understand and address issues for children, young people and adults to provide effectual strategies for managing undesired behaviours. Skills can be developed to recognise triggers and regulate emotions effectively.
There is motivation in every behaviour, conscious or not. We are born with two innate reflexes: instinctive reactions to falling and loud noises. As we mature these reflexes become naturally occurring behaviours. We learn how these occurrences look, how they make us feel and what we can do to avoid them wherever possible.
The same can’t be said for a fear of the dark, heights or spiders. So how have these behaviours come about? Why are they experienced by so many people? Why do some people have such extreme reactions to these events or even just the concept of them? How might these learned behaviours develop into debilitating phobias?
Knowing where issues with our behaviour start is the key to addressing, modifying and endeavouring to make positive steps to eliminating negative behaviours. Where physiological, psychological, neurological or emotional factors are present, understanding the triggers is of great value in accepting and affecting permanent change.
Many households experienced stress due to Covid-19 and the lockdown periods. Sadly this has led to increased conflict, aggression and physical harm. Domestic abuse can be inflicted by any family member and, increasingly, there are school-age children needing support who have been violent to their siblings and in some cases their parents. There are extensive levels of traumatic stress caused and exacerbated by the pandemic which it will be necessary to address ... and sooner rather than later.
Neurodivergent children and adults will need consideration, support and understanding at a very difficult time for many of them. Behavioural traits associated with Autism, Asperger's and ADHD can be managed effectively without the expectation to "just behave like everyone else". I have a particular interest in Autism and ADHD and work closely with schools, pupils, parents and adult clients to diminish the impact of undesired behaviours and celebrate the positive qualities.
Please explore the website to find out more about what I can do to help.
Zelpher Ferguson, B.Ed. Honours