Straight into crisis: Supporting sudden escalations in behaviour

Published On: 4 June 2024

In this webinar we’re joined by host Dave Smallwood, experienced Principal Team-Teach trainer and behaviour consultant, to discuss behaviour that can seem to appear out of nowhere, because we’re not aware of the experiences a child or young person has had leading up to the moment and our interaction with them.

This can include sudden explosive outbursts or suddenly becoming non-responsive and we can’t understand the reasons behind the change in behaviour. We explore how seemingly minor previous experiences, before we see an individual, can have a cumulative effect, meaning that we may not see the build-up leading to crisis.

We also consider:

How small events, changes to familiar routines, and seemingly insignificant problems can build up having a cumulative impact on the emotions of an individual.

Ways we can support an individual through transition points, such as arriving at our settings, giving them opportunities to regulate and share their experiences.

What to do when you’re suddenly supporting an individual in crisis to reduce risk and keep everyone safe.