Making SENSE of Behaviour

Date of Next Course:  16, 17 and 30 March 2022

Location: Online training course with maximum number of 20 participants

Course Tutor: Julia Dyer MCSP BSc (Hons),  Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner, Consultant Children’s Physiotherapist


How do we make sense of some of the more challenging behaviours we see in children and adults that we work with? Is it just behaviour? Is all behaviour “communication”? Is all behaviour sensory? Or is it more complex than this?

For example, how do we make sense of:

  • An individual who appears to be consistently defiant and manipulative
  • A young person who head bangs without any apparent trigger
  • A child who never sits still, seems to be constantly distracted and unable to concentrate

Understanding why individuals behave in the way that they do, and how it may be linked to sensory processing difficulties, is fundamental to developing appropriate and effective strategies and interventions that will lead to effective change.


The aim of this three day online advanced course is to provide teachers and health professionals with a structured framework to develop an understanding of an individual’s behaviour, drawing on ideas from a variety of approaches to develop an individualised formulation.  This will inform a clear intervention involving developing and implementing appropriate and effective strategies and programmes to assist the individual in school, home and other settings. Understanding and integrating sensory integration theory into the formulation and intervention will form a key part of the course.  This course provides an extension to the knowledge gained on the course ‘Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder‘.

"Your knowledge is exceptional. You are so easy to listen to and your real life examples are useful to illustrate your points"


Who should attend:

Teachers, teaching assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, school nurses, play therapists, nursery nurses, psychologists, social workers, social care staff, and other individuals seeking to gain a better understanding of behaviour and sensory processing disorder.

"Given lots of practical ideas in order to think more closely at why behaviours are present"


Course delivery:

The course will be delivered using Zoom but recreating, as much as possible, all the positive aspects of an in-person course including learning together in small groups. One of my core beliefs is that for genuine understanding and learning to occur you, as the learner, need to be actively engaged in the learning process.     To find out more see here.

Learning objectives:

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the range of biopsychosocial factors that can influence behaviour
  • Produce an objective and measurable definition of the problem
  • Recognise the impact of vulnerability factors such as neurological development, attachment, and early trauma
  • Explain how sensory processing difficulties impact on behaviour
  • Analyse an individual’s behaviour to produce a clear integrated understanding
  • Produce a clear structured formulation for the individual
  • Design appropriate and effective strategies and programmes to assist the individual in school, home and other settings

For more detailed information download the course programme here

Course requirement:

This day builds on the knowledge gained on the introductory course, ‘Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder’.  It is recommended that participants have either attended that course or have a similar level of knowledge.

Sensory Processing and Autism Courses UK. Courses For Teachers And Professionals from Julia Dyer Children's Physiotherapy

Cost of course:

£395 for a single place

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"Practical and applicable for schools and for other practitioners"

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