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Decoding Behaviour: A Compassionate Approach to Supporting Your Loved One

Navigating the realm of neurodiversity requires a nuanced understanding of behaviour as a form of communication. This has become the cornerstone to my approach, drawing on my expertise in behaviour management, my role as a CPI (Crisis Prevention & Intervention) Instructor, and my personal journey as a parent to a neurodiverse child.

Behaviour is a form of communication, and this is especially true for neurodivergent individuals who may face challenges in expressing themselves in spoken language. Communication is 50% nonverbal, 38% paraverbal & 12% verbal. This understanding is crucial in decoding the messages behind actions. As a CPI Instructor, I've witnessed firsthand the transformative impact of recognizing behaviour as a way to convey needs, emotions, or discomfort, shifting from perceiving it as disruptive to understanding its deeper meaning.

With extensive knowledge & experience, I've developed expertise in understanding and responding effectively to a variety of behaviours. Instead of relying on disciplinary approaches, I explore the root causes and triggers. This knowledge enables me to assist in navigating the complexity of behaviours displayed by neurodivergent individuals, encouraging a compassionate and informed response.

As a parent, I've personally encountered the challenges of raising a neurodiverse child. This dual perspective, blending both personal and professional insights, enhances my capacity to assist parents & caregivers in understanding what their loved one is trying to communicate. The nightly bedtime routines, the battles during mealtimes, and the distinctive quirks that my own child displays have not only deepened my empathy but have also refined my ability to understand how challenging it can be to respond effectively when you are faced with these complexities on a daily basis in your home.

In my capacity as a CPI Instructor, I've had the opportunity to share transformative strategies with educators, caregivers, and professionals. The central emphasis of CPI revolves around de-escalation and prevention, steering clear of reactive measures. This proactive approach aligns seamlessly with my belief that understanding the function of behaviour is pivotal for providing meaningful and effective support. Once we know the root cause of behaviour and can identify the level of escalation, we can then match our response to support our loved one in calming and getting back to baseline.

Communication is 50% nonverbal, 38% paraverbal & 12% verbal.

When we understand behaviour as communication, it paves the way for meaningful connections. It fosters an environment where neurodivergent individuals feel heard, valued, and supported. This understanding is not just about managing challenging behaviours; it's about creating a space where individuals can thrive, express themselves, and be an integral part of their communities.

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