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Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour Workshop


This workshop is very popular with educators and designed to connect with The Early Years Learning Framework, particularly Quality Area 5, Standards 5.1 and 5.2. They are also very popular with primary school teacher aides.


The objectives of the behaviour workshop are to:


  • Provide a deeper understanding about persistent challenging behaviour and why it occurs

  • Provide easy to use prevention and intervention tools

  • Provide proactive strategies to prevent unwanted behaviour

  • Discuss ways as a team how to manage unwanted behaviour


The structure of the workshop focus’s on core evidence based behaviour modification concepts. These include:


  • Understanding behaviour – what are the needs of the child and what is the child trying to communicate to us through challenging behaviour?

  • Understanding the function of behaviour – what is the child getting out of engaging in the behaviour and why?  

  • Unseen factors that influence behaviour – are there underlying issues that are being ignored and need to be considered?

  • Managing stress in the classroom – according to research, 65% of early learning educators find their role moderately to highly stressful. Further research has found a direct correlation between teacher stress and challenging child behaviour.   


After presenting these concepts, we discuss and problem solve behaviours in your centre. From the concepts presented above, we discuss ideas to prevent and/or modify the behaviour. Case based discussions allow the opportunity for critical reflection of behaviour management practices and are very practical.


There is quite a bit of flexibility on how the workshop can be delivered. A workshop is two hours long and I can work around the ELC/School timetable - a popular time for early learning centres has been from 6:15pm to 8:15pm. The cost is $330.00.

About Jay Beckley MEdPsych(Hons), Psychologist


I am a registered psychologist. I have over ten years experience in mental health and special education and have a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology. I have undergone advanced training in behavioural and psychological assessment and intervention and I’m a full member of the Australian Psychological Society.


I provide support to parents and teachers of children from ages three to 21 years who display all kinds of behaviours from aggression, anger, school refusal and sleep issues. I also support children with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety as well those that have developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome, ADHD and Autism Spectrum disorder.

The Next Step:


If you would like to discuss this further, please don't hesitate to get in contact: phone 0474 220 613 or email

Feedback from Recent Workshops

"Thoroughly enjoyed Jay Beckley’s presentation. I will take a lot from this presentation back to school".

"It was great as it reinforced things happening in the classroom and gave ways to improve what we are doing".

"As I am new to Teacher Aiding I found the day very informative. I have new knowledge to work with. It also reinforced what we are doing".

"Understanding behaviour, tools to help understand behaviour. Awareness of the ABC model. Management of behaviours – very helpful". 

"It was my first PD session and it was amazing. So informative and helpful".

"Good insight to behaviours and ways to manage".

"Insight into different behaviour issues. Gained knowledge to tackle different issues in the classroom".

"A number of strategies to help with some behaviour issues".

"Better understanding about how to manage behaviour".

"Loved how Jay got us involved – hands on doing the case study. Really enjoyed his behaviour session".

"Understanding behaviour was informative & enjoyed the self-esteem talk".

"A lot of insight & understanding into both unwanted persistent behaviour – key – not to manage but rather function (why) behaviour".

"A better understanding of how to manage and most of all prevent challenging behaviour".

"Learnt some new skills on how to manage student behaviours".

"Realize that we need to think about our response to the behaviour so it doesn’t escalate".

"When working with students have more awareness and understanding when met with challenging behaviours".

Behavioural Consultations


Behavioural Consultations is a comprehensive assessment in which I work collaboratively with educators, teachers, and parents to find the right evidence based strategies to support the child, parent(s) and teachers/educators. I'm guided by the principles of positive behaviour support, strengths based assessment, functional behavioural assessment and by working ecologically. The process that I follow is:


I start by having a discussion with all those concerned to gain their perspective of the behaviour. I would also like to obtain any written information about the child. My goal is to fully understand the behaviour by hearing how it is impacting on the child, other children, parents and teaching staff. Before any work begins; I do need the parents consent.


I carry out behavioural observations to determine the function of the child’s behaviour. There is no set limit as to how many observations are required. If teachers/educators have trouble picking when the behaviour occurs, then usually I carry out three 30 minute observations at various times. If the behaviour is at a specific time, then I will carry out an observation at that time for up to an hour.


Often I’m able to provide feedback and recommendations immediately. However, I like to go and write up an assessment report that outlines my observation and a detailed intervention plan consisting of evidence based recommendations. I then email this through for the teachers/educators to implement. This is followed up with a phone call to clarify anything.


To finish, I facilitate a discussion with everyone involved in which I will provide further recommendations. This meeting also allows the teachers/educators an opportunity to provide feedback on any progress and to make alterations to the intervention plan. If the parent(s) are involved, it will allow them to gain some insight into the behaviour of their child. It will also allow further discussion on whether further intervention is required.


Outcomes are important. Along the way I will have some monitoring tools that I would like parents and teaching staff to use which are important in case we have to make adjustments to the plan. As you can see there is a lot of time involved which totals around 4 hours. For this whole process the fee is $600.00. 


The Next Step:


If you would like to discuss this further, please don't hesitate to get in contact: phone 0474 220 613 or email