Behavioural Advice Specialists in Kent.
The Owl Centre boasts a team of highly qualified and experienced Behavioural Advice Specialists in Kent.
Behavioural Advice Specialists at The Owl Centre in Kent combine expertise and experience with a friendly and sympathetic approach to the children and parents they see. They also have links with the NHS to ensure a seamless continuity for clients who have received NHS assessments or therapy.
Trevor King BSc (Hons)
Trevor has worked with individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for 17 years in residential and educational environments. For the last 9 years, he has worked as behavioural support specialist. During this time, he has supported individuals who have very complex behavioural needs and has focused on reducing challenging behaviour and increasing skills in order to meet positive quality of life outcomes. He has been able to develop the very subtle skills required to meet the needs of the individuals he has supported.
Trevor has delivered residential and educational support on an individual level and from a leadership position. Carrying out such roles has allowed him to gain a thorough and personal understanding of the needs of individuals within his care.
In 2015, Trevor graduated from the Tizard Centre, Kent University, with a BSc (Hons) in Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Studies. Whilst studying, Trevor focused on Person Centred Planning, Positive Behaviour Support and Applied Behaviour Analysis and prior to this he completed an NVQ 3 in Caring for Children and Young People.
In his capacity as a behaviour support specialist, Trevor continues to work with individuals on a personal level whilst also carrying out training for staff groups in areas such as PBS, reflective practice, developing cultures and best practice. He regularly delivers training in Positive Behaviour Support and workshops for parent support groups. Furthermore, he carries out data acquisition and analysis via completing standardised measures and by carrying out observations and interviews.
In recent years, Trevor has been involved in founding a charity which seeks to improve the lives of orphans with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in The Ukraine. He has been to several orphanages and has worked with both individuals housed in the system and the staff employed. Whilst in the UK, he works with the group to raise awareness of the situation.
Steven Vickery BA (Hons), Ad.Dip., QTS, MSc.
Steven has worked with children and adults with Severe Learning Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Conditions and associated behaviours that can challenge for the past 21 years.
During this time, Steven has implemented and designed effective interventions to reduce behaviours that challenge, improve modes of communication skills, develop life skills and increase quality of life outcomes for children and young people.
Steven has a BA (Hons) degree; qualified teacher status; an Advanced Diploma in The Education of Children with Severe Learning Difficulties from The University of Cambridge; and an MSc in Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities from The Tizard Centre, University of Kent.
During his time at The Tizard Centre, Steven studied Behaviour Analysis and Intervention, Social Psychology of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Research Methods and Service Issues.
Steven has conducted detailed assessments, intervention and evaluation of adult residential services and presented recommendations and suggestions to improve service delivery and outcomes.
Steven’s long study dissertation was entitled “The impact of communication and assistive technology on adults with learning difficulties and severe communication impairment”, supervised by Professor Glynis Murphy. This involved the evaluation of a south east NHS Communication Assistive Technology Service and its impact on patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In recent years, Steven has been involved in founding a charity which supports children with intellectual and developmental disability in an orphanage in The Ukraine. He has also worked with young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Romania.
Steven has used a range of assessments and standardised measures to ascertain behavioural function and improve quality of life outcomes. As well as working in residential schools, he has experience of working with parents and carers, residential services for adults with learning difficulties and in the clinical psychology department at an inpatient service for adults with a learning disability, mental health and other complex needs.
Over the last 16 years, Steven has regularly delivered training in a range of areas including Positive Behaviour Support.
Profiles of the other Owl Centre therapists to follow soon.
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