Kate McGinnity, M.S.

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

About Kate

Portrait of Kate McGinnityKate is an international presenter and author as well as a nationally recognised consultant/coach and teacher in the field of autism. She has over 35 years of experience working with individuals with autism and their families.

During her tenure as a teacher, Kate was recognised as the National Teacher of the Year by the Autism Society of America. She is currently involved in private practice providing training and consultation/coaching to professionals and parents. She also provides counselling and yoga to individuals on the autism spectrum. Kate has taught graduate-level autism-related courses, through a variety of universities.

Kate is the co-author of three books. She is committed to bringing her passion and compassion to every aspect of her work and life.

Kate’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.

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Contact Details

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Learn more about Kate

Some of Kate’s Books

Kate has co-authored the following books, all published by Cambridge Book Review Press. There are all available to purchase from Community Resource Unit.

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