Online Making SENSE of Behaviour

Date of Next Course:  Spring 2022 TBA

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 problematic 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:

  • A child 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"



It is recommended that participants have either attended ‘Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder’ or have a working understanding of sensory processing difficulties.

This course is suitable for SENCOs, class teachers and higher level teaching assistants.

This course is suitable for health care professionals working with children and adults  (eg physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, school nurses, nursery nurses, psychologists).

This course is suitable for staff working within social care and residential settings.

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


Outcomes of the course:

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the range of biopsychosocial factors that can influence behaviour
  • Provide an objective and measurable definition of the problem
  • Recognise the impact of vulnerability factors such as neurological development, attachment, and early trauma
  • Understand how sensory processing difficulties impact on behaviour
  • Develop a clear integrated understanding as to the aims of an individual’s behaviour
  • Produce a clear structured formulation for the individual
  • Develop and implement 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

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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