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Changing Conversations Understanding Behaviour Resources

Please find here materials for health visitors to inform their practice, when supporting families to support understanding behaviour.  These evidence-based resources collate information about understanding behaviour and using appropriate interventions and to offer alternatives to restrictive practices.

To raise your awareness and understanding of restrictive practices in the Early Years, please watch the animation below which was coproduced in collaboration with The Challenging Behaviour Foundation and The Sleep Charity, and which shares the voices of parents through one family’s journey. The animation was made by Fettle.


Filmed Resources

Pat’s Story

Pat’s Story Sections


Viv Cooper Challenging Behaviour Foundation - Complex trauma in families who have children with learning disabilities and/autism

Sleep Master Class

Positive Approaches and Challenging Behaviour | Master Class


Positive Approaches and Challenging Behaviour by Linda Hume

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Positive Approaches and Challenging Behaviour | Master Class | PDF Slides

STAMP/STOMP Masterclass | Dr Joann Kiernan

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STAMP/STOMP Masterclass | Dr Joann Kiernan | Slides PDF


GPP - Understanding Sleep Issues in Children with Additional Needs

GPP - Approaches to working with families to understand and support behaviour

GPP - Trauma-aware and trauma-informed practice working with families of children with a disability/difficulty

Parent Tips

PT - Supporting sleep habits in children with additional needs

Sleep Diary

PT - Positive behaviour support and how it can be helpful

PT - Looking after yourself when your child’s behaviour is difficult to understand

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