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HELPING CENTRAL WEST FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH A DISABILITY MANAGE CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR

Free seminar to be held in Orange to assist parents in understanding triggers and developing strategies to encourage positive behaviour

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ORANGE, WEDNESDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2015 – For all families, managing difficult behaviour in children can be the cause of much angst. Add to that the pressures and challenges faced when a child has a disability, and parents need to be well equipped to cope.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance is stepping in to offer central west families caring for a child with a disability a range of strategies for dealing with difficult behaviour.

A free parent seminar will be held in Orange on Thursday 19 February, which will also give parents the opportunity to share experiences with other local families in similar situations.

Psychologist Susan Knight, who leads Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Orange team, said the seminar was designed to ensure parents understood how to identify causes of challenging behaviour and how they can plan ahead to minimise difficulties occurring.

‘Children with a disability can face added frustrations, such as difficulties in communicating and interacting with their peers, which can all exasperate the challenging behaviour that parents often face with their children’, Susan said.

‘We want parents of children with a disability to realise they are not alone, and we want to give them a greater understanding of what can trigger challenging behaviour and how they can best manage it.

‘This seminar is all about encouraging positive behaviour, and equipping parents and carers to best deal with challenging behaviour when it arises.’

The free seminar will include information on causes of challenging behaviour in children with a disability, how to plan ahead to prevent difficulties from occurring, and how to help children learn new skills and behaviour.

‘I’d encourage all parents and carers of children with a disability living in the region, whether a pre-schooler, school-aged child or teen to register to attend this free seminar so they can share their experiences and develop strategies for their child’s next development stage’, Susan said.

The free seminar will be held at Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Orange centre, 95 Prince St Orange, from 10am-12pm on Thursday 19 February. Morning tea will be provided and childcare can be arranged.

Registration is essential by 13th February. To register, contact Sandy Livermore on 63601455 or slivermore@cerebralpalsy.org.au

Released on 4 Feb 2015