Safeguarding the future conference - Canberra, 23-24 May 2024

Anna Nikolay

We are excited to welcome Anna to the Get That Good Life! conference. Anna will be talking about understanding behaviour and responding positively.

About Anna

Portrait of Anna NikolayAnna Nikolay is a special education teacher and Autism consultant in Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 with degrees in Elementary and Special Education. She has taught special education in Wisconsin since then.

Anna was selected early in her career to be a member of an esteemed group of colleagues on a district-wide autism support team. After one year, Anna began co-leading the team.

Anna develops and presents trainings for staff and families on a variety of autism and other special education-related topics. She is known for her ability to collaborate with individuals and students who cross her path.

In 2019 Anna started her Autism consulting business Nikolay Consulting, LLC. Through Nikolay Consulting, she helps support and amplify voices of individuals with Autism. In 2020, Anna started in the Education Policy and K-12 Leadership Masters program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Anna’s Presentation

Get that Good Life by Supporting New Behaviour

How to change challenging behaviours in ourselves and those with sensory movement differences

Kate McGinnity and Anna Nikolay, with Lisa Ladson and Sharon Hammer

People with sensory/movement differences and diversity may process the world around them in a manner that can result in behaviour that causes them trouble. Kate McGinnity and Anna Nikolay will share their experiences of understanding and supporting individuals with sensory and movement differences. Their focus for every individual is finding the root cause of their behaviours.

Kate and Anna will

  • show a video of different types of processing
  • describe how the method of processing may provide clues about the function of the behaviour
  • explain how we can better support an individuals’ processing so they may live their best lives.

When people see unusual behaviours, they tend to make assumptions that may be unhelpful. So Kate and Anna will share a framework for thinking about behaviour from a processing perspective. You’ll see examples and hear descriptions of how to

  • support the processing
  • support new behaviour
  • support bigger lives.

Following the presentation, Kate, Anna, and their colleagues Lisa Ladson and Sharon Hammer will facilitate a Q&A session. It’s an opportunity to ask questions about applying this process to your own loved ones, students, and adults with sensory/movement differences and diversity.

This presentation will consist of a pre-recorded webinar and live Q&A.


Contact Details

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