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Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviours Workshop, 10 May 2014, Melbourne

Updated 10th April, 2014:
Due to a high demand, registrations are currently full, however if you wish to be added to a waitlist, please email Wendy.

**Printable Workshop Flyer (PDF)**

The Cri Du Chat Support Group of Australia presents

a workshop for parents and carers:

"Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviours"

with Professor Chris Oliver and Dr Sue Green

to be held on

Saturday May 10, 2014 from 10 – 4 pm


The Treacy Centre, Parkville, Melbourne


Challenging behaviours not only interfere with how children learn but also can be very stressful and frustrating for parents. This workshop will explore the more common types of challenging behavior specifically in children with Cri Du Chat, Cornelia de Lange, Angelman, Prader-Willi and Smith-Magenis Syndromes.

There will be a description of how genetic disorder can influence behaviours and information on the forms of behaviours and changes with age, followed by a description of the main causes of behaviours such as aggression and self-injurious behavior. The role of personal triggers and reactions in responding to challenging behaviours and the importance of self-care for parents will also be covered.

Methods of assessing causes will be described and a range of intervention techniques will be presented with advice on evaluating how effective different techniques are. Throughout the presentation there will be an emphasis on early intervention, the importance of consistency across environments and linking cause to intervention.

Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions that will be addressed on the day.


About the Presenters

Chris Oliver is Professor of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Birmingham and director of the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders. He trained as a clinical psychologist at Edinburgh University before completing a PhD on self-injurious behaviour in people with intellectual disability at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He is currently researching early intervention, behaviour disorders in people with severe intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder, behavioural phenotypes in genetic syndromes and neuropsychological and behavioural assessment for people with severe intellectual disability. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles in scientific journals, is Editor in Chief for the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research and serves on a number of clinical and scientific advisory committees for syndrome support groups.

Sue Green is a psychologist, a parent of an adult son with Cri Du Chat and President of the Cri Du Chat Support Group of Australia. She runs workshops in Managing Behaviours of Concern in Individuals with an Intellectual Disability and provides secondary consultation in assisting clients with a dual diagnosis of mental health difficulties and intellectual disability. She completed her PhD on psycho-educational interventions for students excluded from mainstream schools because of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.


About the Venue

The Treacy Centre is located at 126 The Avenue, Parkville (Melway Map 29 Ref F12) or see Accessible by public transport, Tram 19 runs frequently from the corner of Elizabeth St and Flinders Street to close to the venue at Stop 16 or there is plenty of all day parking available on The Avenue (parkside). For accommodation please contact the Treacy Centre on 03 8359 0101 where there are 8 single rooms at $65 per night including continental breakfast or there is a corporate rate with the Vibe Hotel, 441 Royal Parade, Parkville if you mention you are attending a workshop at the Treacy Centre see

Morning and afternoon tea and lunch is provided.



There are three ways to register for this workshop:

1.    complete the online registration form  ; or 

2.    print the PDF file, complete the form and fax/email to Wendy Craig (03) 8790 8660 /; or

3.    send Wendy an email registering your interest in attending, including details of your name, address, contact email and phone number, plus any dietary requirements.

Places are limited and registration closes April 30, 2014. Wendy will send confirmation of your registration on receipt of payemt (CDC families exempt from payment).

Please send any questions you may want addressed on the day to

Questions will be passed onto Professor Oliver prior to the workshop.


About Payment

The workshop is free for parents of children with Cri Du Chat Syndrome, being subsidised by the Cri Du Chat Support Group of Australia.

For parents of children in the other syndrome groups, the cost of the workshop is $40 (inc GST) per person. Please send a cheque made payable to Cri Du Chat Support Group of Association to our secretary, Wendy Craig, at
104 Yarralumla Drive, Langwarrin, Vic, 3910 or pay by direct deposit to the Cri Du Chat Support Group of Australia, BSB 063 607 Account 10157212 with surname as reference and send email confirming payment and names of parents to