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behavioural support - early childhood years

about our behavioural support service

The Behaviour Specialist – Early Childhood Years’ service offers support, advice, strategies and coaching to the parents of children in the area of behaviour and autism. This is a consultative service that works with children up to 8  years of age depending on the level of support they require. As each child, and therefore each case is different, an initial consultation is required to ascertain if the service can be of benefit to any individual child.

About the Presentations

These behaviour presentations give us an insight into why some individuals with autism can behave in a particular way. The reasons why the behaviours occur, and the main functions behind them are defined and explained. Furthermore, practical ways of analysing behaviours are discussed and demonstrated. Examples of behaviours are then presented, and interventions for each of the functions of the behaviours
are examined.

Alma Carroll Behaviour Specialist in Early Childhood Years at the Shine Centre gives an insight into behaviour and autism:

Part 1: Understanding Behaviour

Part 2: Causes of Behaviour - Environment

Part 2: Causes of Behaviour - Medical

Part 2: Causes of Behaviour - Intervention

Part 2: Causes of Behaviour - Communication Challenges

Part 2: Causes of Behaviour - Communication Intervention

Part 2: Causes of Behaviour - Sensory Processing Issues

Part 2: Causes of Behaviour - Tantrum or Meltdown

Part 3: How To Change Behaviour

Part 4: Functions of Behaviour - Attention

Part 4: Functions of Behaviour - Avoidance

Part 4: Functions of Behaviour - Access To Items/Activities

Part 4: Functions of Behaviour - Automatic

contact alma carroll

You can contact Alma via email at or 021 4377052

Please Note: This is a waitlisted service and availability is dependent on workload at the time of referral.

About Alma Carroll

Alma Carroll has been working with children on the Autism Spectrum for 25 years. Alma works as a Behaviour Specialist in Early Years at the Shine Centre having previously held the position of Deputy Manager of the Shine Early Intervention Unit. Alma also worked in an ABA school for 7 years where she received extensive training in Applied Behaviour Analysis and held the position of Supervising Class Teacher. She holds a MSc in Personal & Management Coaching, a BA degree in Psychology and Sociology and a Higher Diploma in Coaching Psychology all from University College Cork. She also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Social Science from the Open University.

Alma has also completed courses in PECS, Lámh, Autism Studies and Occupational Therapy. Alma has a particular interest in Behaviour Management and has lectured on both Early Intervention and Behaviour Management on the Autism Studies course in the College of Commerce. She also delivers workshops on Behaviour Management in Autism for parents and educators and Autism Awareness workshops for companies and organisations in Cork.


Brightening the future for autistic children & their families

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