I've recently graduated NUI Galway with a Master's degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis and work professionally as a behaviour support specialist. I just want to put the word out that i am available evenings and weekends if anyone is looking for positive behaviour support plans for their son or daughter (i work mainly with people with challenging behaviours so that is not a problem). I am based in the kildare area but can travel,
Could you tell us a bit more about what your work involves Deirdre? I have never heard of it before.
Well ABA is defined as the application of scientifically derived principles and techniques to increase socially significiant behaviours. I know that is a mouthful. Basically what my job ias a behaviour support specialist involves is assessing people's behaviours in order to establish the function of the behaviour (what the behaviour is really saying) and building a positive behaviour plan to support that person to communicate that message skillfully and appropriately. The programme has three main parts - environmental changes, skills teaching and reactive strategies. ABA really fits into the skills element of a positive behaviour support plan - as this involves structured teaching techniques to support the person to learn effectively. You may have heard of ABA in the media recently? The skills i teach can range from basic self help skills such as getting dressed, brushing teeth, pesonal hygiene etc to higher skills such as appropriate social skills, communication skills, coping and tolerance skills, community integration, using a visual schedule etc. It really depends on what the person needs.
I know that is a lot of info but my job is so varied it is difficult to summarize it here! Hope this gives a bit of insight into what i do!
Hi there girls,
I work in the area of special needs and work very closely with behaviour support team, excellent programmes in place for children, tailored to the individual. Really can make such a positive impact to the childs life
yup-its essential. think i might know of you Purple ( old work mate of mine was in Galway too same time as u..Sheila )
Yep - i know sheila alright! We were on the same course - small world!
think we might work with the same company too ( u work with adults right??) tho im on maternity leave! giving away too much now