Learn how to support your child's behaviours using brain care, not behaviour management.
* Second session: September 2020 *
"The behaviours are never really the problem. The behaviours are the result of the problem, which is why behaviour management just isn’t cutting it. Understanding our child’s brain, how it works and how to care for it is the ONLY way to make real behavioural change. ”
- Allison Davies
Author and Parenting Resilience Expert
“I am always on the lookout for wise people who can connect and communicate in common sense ways with today’s parents and those who work with children. These experts need to be able to make sense of many of the challenges that can happen in homes and in centres, and to then offer practical solutions that work.
Allison is one of my favourites who does this, she helps us all to make better choices and take better care of our precious brains in her unique, entertaining way.”
The next round of Brains = Behaviours will take place in September 2020.
Course cost: $497.00 AUD
(approx. $305.00 USD as at April 2020)
(a payment plan is available)
Who is Brains = Behaviours™ for?
FAQ: Can I use NDIS funding?
The course is not registered for NDIS, however on some plans it will fit into a funded category. It's best to check this with your planner. We can provide a tax invoice for payments made in full (not the payment plan).
Learn at your own pace,
and join in weekly to hear from Alli and connect with other participants.
Learn more about Brains = Behaviours™
Over the 10 weeks, you'll learn EXACTLY how your child's brain responds and reacts to the world around them giving you more insight into their minds than you've ever had before!
You will FINALLY understand what goes on in that tiny head of theirs! Quite literally! AND with that will come complete clarity around managing their behaviours.
No more confusion, overwhelm, following dozens of parenting blogs or relying on someone 'better experienced' or 'higher qualified' than you to guide you through the parenting journey.
PLUS you'll come away with the tools and strategies you need to focus on your child's brain care in a way that manages their behaviours both at home and in the classroom.
Each Monday throughout the course you'll receive between 30 and 60 minutes worth of Alli's video tutorials. Each Thursday at 8pm AEST we'll practice strategies, share ideas and have Q&A through a live stream in the private Brains = Behaviours Facebook group. These live streams will be saved so you can access them at any time.
You receive lifetime access to all of the course content, and the closed group, and can repeat the course each time it is run.
And just a word of warning? Without fail, everyone who's ever done this course has left saying "WOW, I had NO IDEA how much I'd learn about MYSELF!"
FAQ: I really want to join, but I'm worried I won't keep up with the course.
You are welcome to complete the course in your own time, and join in on future rounds via Facebook. There is no pressure to work beyond your own pace!
What will you learn?
Week 1 - Basic brain functioning. You'll learn what level of functioning to expect from a child's brain and what goes on in there to create overwhelm, overload, anxiety, hyperactivity and so much more. By the end of week 1 you'll understand EXACTLY why the brain, not your child, is responsible for all of their behaviours.
Week 2 - Predictability. In week 2 you'll learn about the brain's very favourite thing - predictability! Find out why predictability is so important, what happens in the brain when it can predict and how
to create more predictability even in the most chaotic of environments.
Week 3 - "What on EARTH were they thinking?!?" How many times have you thought this very thought about your children? Well the truth is, they may not have been thinking at all, and in week 3 you'll find out exactly why.
Week 4 - Childhood anger. Anger in children is rarely an anger management issue, but more often an anxiety management issue. Childhood anger and anxiety will no longer be a mystery after this week and you'll come away knowing exactly how to support your child through their anger.
Week 5 - Hyperactivity. In week 5 you'll learn all about hyperactivity. What it is, why it happens and how to reduce your child's hyperactivity without ever having to focus on it's related behaviours. This week is a game changer!
Week 6 - Sensory Overload, Part One. By the end of this week you'll know the sensory systems and sensory overload inside out. This is the perhaps the most important information we'll cover in the entire course - and you'll be gobsmacked by how much you learn about yourself this week!
Week 7 - Sensory Overload, Part Two.
Our second week focusing on sensory overload will leave you knowing exactly how to manage it. From reducing sensory stimulus, to fidget tools, to creating a sensory kit, you'll come away knowing exactly how to move forward with reducing sensory overload from your lives.
Week 8 - Meltdown Management. A complex and involved topic (and so worthy of it’s own course!). You'll come away from this topic with a firm plan on how to move forward with managing meltdowns. And the Number One rule for meltdown management is "it’s not about the meltdown."
Week 9 - Communication. Talking uses up a lot of energy, requires a lot of processing and this can make it very difficult, especially for children. This week we’ll look at alternative ways you can help your child to communicate and express themselves to avoid pent up emotions and anxiety.
Week 10 - Where to now? We'll recap, refresh and make plans to integrate everything we’ve learnt into simple and sustainable lifestyle changes. We'll look at discussing your new strategies with your child’s teacher, how to go about receiving extra therapeutic help for your child if needed and keeping your mind frame in check so that your new knowledge becomes your new lifestyle!
FAQ: Can I join the course if I don't live in Australia?
Of course! We are completely online, and you are able to log in from anywhere, at any time. For reference, weekly Facebook Lives are scheduled for 8pm AEST (here is a handy timezone converter).
neurologic music therapist / brain care specialist / 2016 amp tomorrow maker / mother
Allison Davies RMT NMT, received a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Teaching from the University of New England (2003) and a Master of Music Therapy from the University of Queensland (2005) before training with the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy in 2016.
She is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association and has been in private practice in Tasmania, Aus, since 2007, working predominantly across the areas of early childhood intervention, mental health, neural-rehabilitation and aged care.
Allison has enjoyed presenting and guest speaking for more than 15 years and is renowned for her ability to entertain a room in her unique ‘storytelling mixed with science’ approach to educating, as well as sharing enlightening excerpts of her lived experience of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder.
In 2016 Allison created a music therapy program focused on a palliative approach to dementia care and presented her findings at the International Dementia Conference and the World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies.
She was named a 2016 National AMP Tomorrow Maker for her contribution to creating a better tomorrow for Australian families through her 2 day workshop, Brains = Behaviours, which was first offered as an eCourse in 2018.
Allison lives in regional Tasmania, with her husband and 2 children, where she enjoys the beach, the bush and baths.
More Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a music therapist?
Great question! Music Therapists are Allied Health Professionals, working within the health care model. Music is the tool used to attain therapeutic outcomes. Alli jumped on Facebook to answer this question in more depth - you can watch her answer it by clicking here.
Q: Do you offer one-to-one support?
Not at this time. The best way to learn Alli's strategies and content is to engage with her within the Brains = Behaviours course, and her follow on Membership group, the Brain Care Café.
Q: I'm a teacher - can I claim my time for Professional Learning?
Brains = Behaviours offers 10 hours worth of professional development content. A certificate will be issued upon completion.