Informal conversations and learning in the areas of behaviour support, neuro-diversity and social and emotional development.
The Behaviour Intervention Support Podcast is sponsored by the organisation CEDA and run as part of the project BISnet [Behaviour Intervention Support Network]. BISnet provides services to parents and carers of individuals with behaviour support needs, as well as the individuals themselves.
This podcast features Sam Harris, the BISnet manager and various guests who have expertise or experience in the field of Behaviour Support. The aim is to provide an informal and entertaining learning platform, to pick up ideas and hear about the kind of information that is out there. Sam has over 10 years of expereince supporting individuals with behaviour support needs, a background in Positive Behaviour Support, narrative therapy and is a trained RDI [Relationship Development Intervention] Consultant specializing in supporting families of young people with Autism or ADHD.
Harry Thompson, Mollie Sherwin and Chloe Farahar - part 2
The group pick up the conversation around socialising and NT expectations as opposed to 'the right way to socialise,' the value of silence and being comfortable with awkwardness.
They then discuss value of the Autistic experience over Autism research and how this should shape all support and services for Autistic people, as well as the mistake people make in not asking Autistic people for their perspective first. We explore the double empathy problem and the myth of Autistic 'lack of empathy,' and look more at a difference in empathy. Sam even asks if someone such as himself, who gives training in Autism but isn't Autistic, should basically 'f**k off out the way and get a milk-round' and leave Autism training to Autistic people.... fortunately, the answer was pretty positive.
More discussion on empathy leads on to more examples of the differences within the spectrum, how and why Chloe, Mollie and Harry approach eye contact, communicating in analogies and the challenge of looking and listening at the same time. Finally, Sam gets diagnosed as a green and yellow circle......and then a little bit on stimming [tools or toys....or blu-tac].
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Harry Thompson, Mollie Sherwin & Chloe Farahar - part 1
In part 1 of this 2 part episode, host Sam is joined by Harry Thompson, Mollie Sherwin and Chloe Farahar. Three Autistic adults with a huge depth of knowledge and experience, making this an absolute must listen for anyone supporting or working with Autistic people.
In part 1, they discuss terminology and Harry and Chloe educate Sam in the most current and acceptable terminology in the Autistic community. Then the group discuss special interests and Mollie gives some incredible insight into the unseen benefits of computer gaming, as well as some of the varied and unique games that exist and how they can be helpful.
They also discuss and put right some 'Autism Myths' as well as discussing friendships and socialising from an Autistic perspective in comparison to a Neurotypical expectation.
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Harry Thompson is back with more PDA insight
In this episode, host Sam Harris talks with Harry on the ever shifting roles an Autistic person with a PDA profile might give themselves, the automatic nature of a demand avoidance response and how backing off can sometimes be enough to allow the demand avoidance to reduce, priming virtues rather then demanding help-fullness for the sake of it.
The need for a more in-depth understanding of some general ideas around PDA such as 'doesn't respond well to praise' and perhaps different terminology for certain approaches such as 'disguising demands.' Harry discusses Neuro-typicals that 'get-it' and those that don't.
Freddie Mercury and splat pig make and appearance and it does get a little sweary at times so apologies for that.
Talking labels, terminology and PDA with Harry Thompson
In this episode of the podcast, host Sam Harris is joined once again by PDA Extraordinaire Harry Thompson, author of 'The PDA Paradox.' They discuss current ideas, opinions and diagnostic influences on terminology surrounding PDA. Harry also helps Sam understand the difference between demand avoidance in general and for an Autistic person with a PDA profile, as well as several other fascinating and useful insights along the way.
Plus.... Harry jedi mind tricks Sam into dropping the C Bomb.....sort of....
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Neurodiversity, challenging behaviour and the education system - with Fintan O Regan
In this episode, host Sam Harris is joined again by Special educational needs specialist Fintan O Regan, author of Can’t learn, won’t learn, don’t care and creator of the SF3R model.
They discuss the current state of support for young people with additional needs in the current education system as well some ideas and advice for parents and professionals working to support these young people.
Interview with Harry Thompson - author of the PDA Paradox
Harry Thompson is a public speaker, PDA Emissary and Consultant, and the author of The PDA Paradox. He was diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance as a teenager and in this episode of the podcast, he gives host Sam Harris some insights into how he experiences the world, demands and anxiety. They also discuss supportive approaches that are used and how feel to a person with PDA, plus Sam gets to check Harry thoughts on some of the approaches BISnet teach in our training courses and work with parents.
A fascinating episode with some great insights and tips for parents, professionals, those with PDA themselves or anyone interested in the subject.