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What's so special about Michelangelo & Walt Disney?

Updated: Nov 9, 2023



Answer: Michelangelo was autistic and Walt Disney had ADHD!!


While teaching and working as a Specialist Advisory Teacher in three local authorities over the last 30 years, I’ve gained a lot of practical experience of supporting children, families and school staff where behaviour issues were part of the experience for distressed children.

As a Behaviour Strategist I've undertaken a number of neurodiversity training courses in the last couple of years; all of them excellent. The reason for this is that they have all been delivered by trainers with lived experience; as autistic adults and ADHD-ers, the parent of neurodivergent children or other family members, friends and/or colleagues with lived experience of neurodiversity.

As time has gone on, I've found myself advising and informing both parents and professionals of the truths - and busting the myths - about the behaviours associated with autism and ADHD. It has been informative and enlightening for me and them; the feedback has evidenced this. Whilst I wouldn’t attempt to deliver autism or ADHD training per se, what comes before the behaviours of some neurodivergent children are beneficial to know - for school-based staff in particular. So with this in mind I have written these workshops from a behaviour perspective, rather than a clinical one:


Sensory Processing & Behaviour Workshop: Supporting Autistic Children

Autistic children are likely to experience sensory processing issues while at school. Distressed behaviours in autistic children and young people can include what would usually be considered physically aggressive behaviour. It can also include other behaviours if they are having a negative impact on the young person or their family. There could be a number of reasons for this, including difficulty in processing information. Not being able to communicate their difficulties can lead to outbursts of distressed behaviour.


During the workshop you will:

• Be aware of sensory processing issues

• Develop an understanding of sensory dysregulation

• Have an appreciation of causes of stress and anxiety for autistic children

• Know how sensory processing issues can have a knock-on effect on children

• Understand the impact of sensory processing issues on children’s happiness

• Learn how sensory differences impact on behaviour

• Know how to help autistic children live happier, calmer lives


Book your place now for your preferred date:


Monday 13th November 2023 at 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm for £55.00 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/.../sensory-processing...


Thursday 23rd November 2023 at 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm for £55.00 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/.../sensory-processing...



ADHD Traits & Behaviour: Identifying Sensory Needs & Supporting Self-Regulation

Children with ADHD may display inattentiveness where they will have difficulty concentrating and focusing or hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Some children will experience both. The ability to recognise and help the child to manage their sensory sensitivities is extremely important for their behaviour, social, emotional and mental health needs and for their learning. This workshop is written from a behaviour perspective, rather than a clinical one. It is suitable for staff, parents, adults, professionals and older children with ADHD.


During the workshop you will:

• Be aware of the typical traits for ADHD

• Develop an understanding of sensory dysregulation

• Have an appreciation of the causes of stress and anxiety for children with ADHD

• Know how sensory processing issues can have a knock-on effect on children

• Understand the impact of poor emotional dysregulation

• Learn about how sensory experiences impact on behaviour

• Know how to help children with ADHD have happier and calmer lives


Book your place now for your preferred date:


Tuesday 14th November 2023 at 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm for £55.00 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/.../adhd-traits-behaviour...


Wednesday 29th November 2023 at 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm for £55.00 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/.../adhd-traits-behaviour...


Whether you're a parent, sibling or professional, these workshops will be beneficial. I look forward to seeing you there!! 👍🏽

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