“Challenging behaviour should not limit individual’s lives. A diagnosis is not the end of the story, but the beginning. We need to give people the skills to lead fulfilling lives, not limit their experiences and opportunities,” Jon Hull, Prospect PBS Training Ltd.
Jon Hull is a registered learning disabilities nurse and former health and safety inspector who provides specialist training that draws upon the current principles of Positive Behaviour Support, (PBS) giving carers the knowledge and guidance to better support adults and children with autism, learning disabilities, Aspergers Syndrome and mental health difficulties.
He is staging a free workshop at Kehelland Trust’s Open Day on May 30, 11am to 12pm, which is open to parents, carers, teachers, volunteers and anyone else wanting to gain an insight into what happens following a diagnosis of autism, or other complex need.
Challenging behaviour often results from an interaction between a person, those who support them and the environments they live in, said Jon: “A child with autism usually stands out at nursery and primary school where their needs are often met and parents are able to support them. But secondary school can lead to an individual’s first major crisis and breakdown. They are expected to follow a new regime, mix in larger classes and navigate their way through what is a complex environment full of emotional demands, and little external structure.
Jon Hull of Prospect PBS Training Ltd
“All too often when a person has been diagnosed with autism they become isolated, the science is disregarded and the individual is not given the means to socialise. We are preparing individual’s for a life in institutions. People need to see the person as an individual, to understand their personality as well as their environment, to help them develop their life skills.”