I spent years of my life (over a decade, actually, but I don't like to 'age' myself) providing one-to-one support for neurodiverse children and their families. This experience ranged in complexity, and shifted over time. I have provided classroom support, IEP advocacy, behavioural therapy, parent coaching, and spent years as a college instructor. The thing is, while loving what I do, I only reach one child or one family at a time. Which, is great, but what about the 20 other children in the classroom who are without appropriate support, understanding, or instruction?
Enter: Bloom Behaviour. Professional education - for the educators. I'm able to take my extensive experience, background, philosophy, and transfer it to a classroom of educators. These educators then go out into the academic world with better understanding, actionable strategies, and the drive for "inclusion" stamped on their hearts. They reach more children together than I ever could alone.
Bloom is creating a movement. One where educators are empowered, equipped, and excited to confidently engage with neurodiversity. One where parents can communicate their advocacy like the experts they are. We're shifting the perspective away from "bad behaviour" and rooting our interaction into a complete, foundational understanding of these diagnoses. We're re writing the narrative of what it means to be supported, what inclusion really looks like, all while validating children along the way.
The Inclusive Classroom will give educators the foundational knowledge of an autism diagnosis, the implications for social emotional learning, and insight how to best support children on the spectrum in an inclusive manner.
Topics covered: autism spectrum disorder,
routines, functions of behaviour, positive language
use, sensory processing, augmented & alternative
Functions of Behaviour:
Functions Of Behaviour explores in depth the various potential cause of behaviours, the language we should be using to speak about them, and how we can prevent behaviours from occurring in the future. We will discuss positive and negative reinforcement, and dive into the
complexities of responding appropriately rather than reacting.
Topics covered: neurodiversity, behaviour, positive language use, antecedents/consequences, reinforcement, classroom strategies, and the
impact on peer relationships
Transitions to Kindergarten
Explore the complexities of the largest transition in early years education - kindergarten. Educators will learn the importance of pre requisite skills, what is really required for the K classroom, the social emotional development for young children, as well as self advocacy for their profession.
Topics covered: learning styles, social-emotional learning, child development, pre-requisite skills, early years framework, pedagogical intent, advocacy
Sensory Processing: Inclusive Spaces
Engage in what it means to be “hypersensitive” and “hyposensitive” in terms of sensory processing, functioning, and regulation. We explore the core causes of these struggles, and how as educators we can best accommodate them within our physical classroom environment. We will cover explicit strategies to determine areas of struggle for children in our care, and create actionable plans with simple strategies to make our space more inclusive.
Topics covered: neurodiversity, sensory
functioning, processing, regulation, inclusion,
classroom strategies & environmental impacts on
*lectures are continuously developed. Not finding what you're looking for?Inquire directly to create your custom workshop.
"Monica's in depth knowledge provided new aspects in knowledge and tools for me to expand my skills and the relational practice I strive for."
"An incredible speaker with excellent knowledge. I look forward to taking many more workshops."
—Functions of Behaviour workshop
"I love her "PRAISE" approach. She has a broad understanding with a long lens about inclusivity."
Inclusive Classroom workshop
"I was blown away by how honest and informative she is. She gave all of us such an incredible insight into neurodiversity and a deeper underswtanding to how we can celebrate and encourage inclusion in our practice.."