• Cork Autism Conference

Learn how to support a person with behaviours of concern


A person on the autism spectrum may display behaviours of concern and you may not know why.

An autistic individual who displays behaviours of concern don’t usually do so ‘just because they want to’. There’s often a reason behind their behaviour or it might be their only way of telling you something’s wrong. All behaviour is a form of communication. Therefore, it’s essential that we understand the causes of behaviours of concern and know what strategies will help you deal with them.

Some of the causes or triggers of their behaviours of concern may be:

✅ The person is in pain or their medicine isn’t agreeing with them ✅ Because they are not able to communicate that they are hungry, thirsty or want to go somewhere

✅ They can't get something they want or need

✅ Their environment is too noisy or quiet or hot or too cold

✅ They're feeling upset because of something that happened

These and many others, can cause stress, anxiety and frustration for an autistic person. That's why we need to gain a deeper understanding of autism as well as learn practical strategies and resources to best support people on the autism spectrum. Author, Professor, International Speaker, Autism Consultant and Clinical Psychologist, Prof. Andrew McDonnell will share practical approaches and actionable insights you can use to best support autistic individuals with his presentation:

Applying Low Arousal Approaches to Support Autistic Individuals,

Their Families and Supporters.

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