This event aims to challenge traditional beliefs about behaviour in the early years. It will encourage practitioners to view behaviour through a different lens, no longer seeing ‘challenging behaviour’ but stress and distress. By exploring the rules of the biological make-up of the brain and how it shapes children’s behaviour, the session will give practitioners an insight into what a child needs to regulate their emotions and responses. The session will include: early brain development and stress responses, the importance of secure attachments and the impact of trauma, sensory processing and dysregulation, behaviour and communication, developing self-regulation.
Nicola McAllister has over 25 years’ experience working with some of our most vulnerable children and young people while providing training, consulting and coaching services to those adults who support them. Nicola’s background was originally in Education. Her move from mainstream, early in her career, into a specialist provision for children experiencing social, emotional and communication needs, led to passion and belief that we can and must do better for children who experience prolonged periods of stress and distress. Using neuroscience informed approaches, she supports adults to create environments that will soothe stress responses within the child, reconnect safe and secure relationships and develop self-regulation for long term success. Adults and children across a number of settings have benefited from Nicola’s skills and expertise, these include staff in schools, early years, fostering and adoption teams and supporting parents and carers at home. Nicola’s informative, empathic and practical approach, empower adults to change how they view and respond to ‘challenging behaviour’.