Workshops for ParentsViolent and Challenging Behaviour (VCB) is a very common symptom that can develop in children with a neurodevelopmental disorder such as a Learning Disability, Autism (including PDA), or ADHD, yet there is very little practical support, understanding or information available to families who are facing some very difficult situations at home. Instead they often feel judged and blamed for their child’s behaviour.

This is largely because the scale of this issue is not acknowledged, and the frontline staff in our statutory services who they may turn to for help are unlikely to have any training, experience or understanding of the Yvonne Newboldissues underlying these behaviours.

I can offer talks, full-training and half-day workshops on VCB for both parents and staff, where many of the following issues can be covered, with lots of time for reflection and discussion around these challenging issues.

Half Day or Full Day Workshops and Training Courses Available

  • For Parents

  • For Frontline staff in –            



                                                     Social Care  

                                                     Third Sector

Topics Covered 

All topic in the following list are covered in full day training,

most are covered but perhaps not it the same depth, in half-day training


  • What is VCB? And why it differs from other forms of child to parent violence or other forms of domestic abuse


  • The Stigma Surrounding VCB – and how that means that it often becomes one of the saddest secrets that families keep to themselves, because there is a very real fear of being blamed or shamed or judged by others


  • Seeking Help – and why this is so difficult, as well as what you can do to overcome it


  • Why VCB Happens – looking at extreme anxiety and it’s causes in children with a neurodevelopmental condition such as an intellectual disability, autism or ADHD


  • How all behaviour is a form of communication, and we just have to find and collect the clues to learning what the child is trying to tell us


  • Diagnostic overshadowing


  • Common Causes of anxiety in children with neurodevelopmental differences


  • The Fight and Flight Response


  • Sensory Issues


  • Communication


  • The rigidity of routines


  • Resistance to change


  • Time to process


  • Transitions


  • Theory of mind and why this means that Mom is often the main or only target


  • Masking


  • Solutions – Strategies, Approaches and Thinking Differently


  • What next?


For more information please contact Yvonne via email –


If you would like to buy a copy of Yvonne’s book,  “The Special Parent’s Handbook” please click on the link to the Amazon page below





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