The Parent Infant Centre

it can be too late
but never too early


Effective approaches to help challenging children

A three-day course

June 19th-21st 2019

10am to 4pm

Young demanding child

Working with challenging children, or those with special needs or autistic behaviours, can be physically and emotionally demanding.

This course will clarify many of the assumptions and misconceptions held by parents and professionals that can hinder a challenging child's development. Through case examples, demonstrations and video, parents and professionals will be given effective techniques and strategies to use in everyday relationships and that can lead to better outcomes.


Learning aims

To give parent and professionals:

  • A deeper understanding of difficulties that can be encountered at home or in the school
  • Stronger skills in making daily interactions more effective
  • An increased awareness of useful strategies and the power and effectiveness of intervening appropriately

Learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Think and reflect on each child's individual needs
  • Develop practical skills in helping challenging children
  • Explore ways to make more effective interventions
  • Employ successful strategies when working with teachers and staff


  • Dr Stella Acquarone
  • Hanna Campbell
  • Maike Engels
  • Claudio Parretti
  • Programme

    Day 1 - Wednesday June 19th 2019

    10:00-10:15 Introduction
    10:15-11:45 Working with the special needs child: Misconceptions
    11:45-12:00 Break
    12:00-13:30 Containment and scaffolding: Containing behaviours that hinder development
    13:30-14:30 Lunch break
    14:30-16:00 Helping separation: Choosing a comfort toy

    Day 2 - Thursday June 20th 2019

    10:00-10:15 Introduction
    10:15-11:45 Childhood sexuality and special needs
    11:45-12:00 Break
    12:00-13:30 Unconscious communication: The need for and the meaning of free play
    13:30-14:30 Lunch break
    14:30-16:00 Structuring the mind: Structured and unstructured games

    Day 3 - Friday June 21st 2019

    10:00-10:15 Introduction
    10:15-11:45 Emotional challenges: Emotions spoken and incorporated – Parent/Staff regular support
    11:45-12:00 break
    12:00-13:30 Working with special needs nursery/school: Working together.
    13:30-14:30 Lunch break
    14:30-16:00 Conclusions: Gentle and firm, showing new possibilities

    Venue: PIC, 27 Frognal, London NW3 6AR (020 7433 3112)

    Nearest stations: Finchley Road or Hampstead; Finchley Road & Frognal

    Cost: £500 (50% discount for NHS employees; 30% discount for students/trainees)

    Refreshments: Tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch; alternatively the venue is close to Finchley Road with its many shops and cafes.

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