Moving from Assessment & Formulation to Supporting Behaviours that Challenge in Children with Intellectual Disabilities


Event type Live Stream

Online session
09:15 - 16:40 UK

Girl with ID chooses a book on a shelf in the library. Education for disabled children

We will be covering two key themes ‘Assessment, Diagnosis & Formulation in CAMHS-ID’ and ‘Supporting Behaviours that Challenge in CAMHS-ID’, with talks from some of the leaders in the field, a lived experience viewpoint, together with Q&A plus panel discussions.

This webinar is jointly organised by: Child & Adolescent Intellectual Disability Psychiatry Network (ACAMH) and Child Learning Disability Network (Division of Clinical Psychology Faculty for Children Young People and Families, British Psychological Society).

About the day

Supporting behaviours that challenge in children with intellectual disabilities is a complex and multifaceted process that requires a thoughtful and individualised approach. Effective support plans for children with intellectual disabilities should be flexible and adaptable, as the child’s needs and behaviour patterns may change over time.

Ongoing assessment and evaluation of the support plan are essential to ensure that it continues to meet the child’s evolving needs. In addition to providing support for the child’s challenging behaviour, it is also important to focus on promoting the child’s overall development and well-being. This includes providing opportunities for the child to participate in activities that they enjoy and that build on their strengths and interests. It also involves promoting the child’s independence and self-determination, and ensuring that they have access to appropriate education, healthcare, and social services. By working together with the child, their family, and their caregivers, it is possible to develop effective support plans that promote positive behaviour and enhance the child’s overall development and well-being.


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09:15 Welcome Dr. Heather McAlister (CAIDPN), and Dr. Bethanne Willingham (BPS)

Morning Theme: Assessment, Diagnosis & Formulation in CAMHS-ID.
Chair: Dr. Ashley Liew, Consultant Paediatric Neuropsychiatrist

09:30 Keynote: Challenges in the Diagnosis of Neurodevelopmental Conditions in Children with ID Professor Emily Simonoff, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Kings College London

10:10 Questions & Discussion

10:30 Communicating Clinical Formulations to Families: Presentation & Panel Discussion with Becky Hinch, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, North Derbyshire LD CAMHS, and Dr. Karen Bretherton, Consultant Psychiatrist, North Derbyshire LD CAMHS

11:10 Break

11:30 Keynote: Mental Health and Stress in Families of Children with ID Professor Richard Hastings, Cerebra Chair of Family Research, University of Warwick

12:10 Family carer perspective Mary Busk

12:30 Questions & Discussion

12:50 Lunch

Afternoon Theme: Supporting Behaviours that Challenge in CAMHS-ID. Chair: BPS Representative

13:40 Role of key skills as a risk marker for development of behaviours that challenge in Children with ID Dr. Heather Armstrong,
Clinical Psychologist

14:20 Skills Development to reduce Challenging Behaviours in LD CAMHS Dr. Martha Laxton-Kane, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, North Derbyshire LD CAMHS

14:50 Questions & Discussion

15:10 Break

15:30 ‘PBS: Is it broken? Can we fix it?: Responding to critique from autistic writers’. Presentation & Panel Discussion Dr. Bethanne Willingham, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Newham CAMHS

16:30 Closing comments Dr. Heather Hanna (CAIDPN), and Dr Martha Laxton-Kane (BPS)

16:40 End