We are two behaviour specialists that support children, their families and teachers with managing difficult behaviour. Difficult behaviour can negatively impact different aspects of your child’s life such as learning, interaction with their friends and siblings, home life and school inclusion. Our approach is child centered and parent led, we focus on understanding all aspects of your child’s life, their likes and dislikes, their skills and of course, their biggest challenges. We use this combined with other important information to really understand why the difficult behaviour is happening and to make changes which are practical and effective. Our aim is to support you and your child on effective strategies for change.
Step by Step
Our names are Laura and Lisa, we are both Behaviour Specialists that have a Masters of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis and are members of the Behaviour Analyst Certified Board (BACB). We have completed extensive training in our field and continue to engage in professional development and education with a keen interest and focus on child development and well-being, parent coaching and behaviour change.
We are based in Galway and Offaly and work with families in the Midlands and West of Ireland and due to demand, we now support many families online. We are passionate about supporting children of all ages and their families with problem behaviour. There may be challenges from early years or they may emerge as your child gets older and enters a new stage in life. It is never too early to begin nor is it ever too late to address the challenges they may be experiencing.
How can we help?
Step by Step offers practical and effective strategies for parents and teachers who are experiencing and facing difficult behaviour with their child or students. As well as this, we focus on equipping your child or student with the tools to manage their behaviour. Our recommended strategies are practical as they are based on experience and effective because not only are they research driven but more importantly, time is spent understanding your child, their needs and their behaviour. This means each of our recommendations are highly individualised and designed specifically for your child. It is difficult to make the decision to reach out and get behaviour support in the home or school , however, it is crucial to remember that from time to time we all need some advice and guidance.
For families who are awaiting assessment or who have received a diagnosis of Autism, we have an early intervention and school aged programme. This programme recognises your child’s strengths and identifies their skill deficits and challenges. Based on this, we focus on giving you the parent, practical and easy to implement skills to encourage communication and aid your child’s development and learning.
Autism & Early Intervention
Our early intervention programme will provide you with information, guidance and resources to support your child's learning and development. This programme is evidence based, this means that the strategies recommended are research proven and effective.
Behaviour Support & Coaching
The focus of our behaviour support service is to offer guidance to make home life a little easier. Strategies will always be individualized to suit each child and also each parent and their unique parenting style.
Workshops & BCBA Supervision
We offer training services for small and large groups that are suitable for families and schools who may be seeking guidance and support for managing difficult behaviours. We also provide supervision for students pursuing their BCBA or BCaBA.
Is bedtime a real struggle for your family? We can support and guide you in the development of a positive bedtime routine.
Many children can easily develop poor eating habits and our aim is to support families in expanding your child's diet.
Behaviour Support and Early Intervention, Galway
I came in contact with SBS when my son's behaviour was extremely difficult and we were definitely struggling to cope. We really did not how to help him and his school were also struggling. I met with Laura and from our first meeting, everything transformed!! She had such a warm, friendly personality and I felt so empowered afterwards and for the first time, positive things were going to get better. She developed a plan for my son which was so specific to him. I also got a lot of help and support from Laura which I appreciated so much in such a difficult time. I never felt alone. Little by little, things got a lot better and we have all the supports in place that help my son which I was just so clueless about before. I could not recommend enough.
Early Intervention, Offaly
We are very thankful to have met Lisa and worked with her. In the short time that John has been in therapy , we have achieved some significant milestones including adjusting to a new environment, new people and pointing, reduced anxiety amongst so many other things.
Early Intervention, Behaviour Support, Toilet Training Support, Leitrim
First off, Laura has a great warm personality, kind in her approach and simply as good as it gets in terms of assistance. Laura’s work was of great help in assisting with our daughters basic learning, listening and understanding and general progression - even her toilet training. Laura is simply a great asset to such kids and families and if you have the chance to have her help a child who is struggling, I recommend you reach out to her.
Support with Toilet Training, Galway
I got in touch with Step by Step when I was having issues with toilet training my daughter. I had toilet trained her 2 older sisters with absolutely no issues but I just felt like no matter what I did, I was having no success. She was having loads of accidents every day, would not sit on the toilet to do her bowel movements and would never tell me when she had to go. It took me a while to reach out and get support and after a few days, we were having success. I was over the moon! I met with Laura, we talked through everything and I genuinely felt so supported the whole way through. She is not toilet trained thankfully but I wish I reached out for support sooner because once we got the right support, it was so easy and quick.
I got in touch with SBS when my son who was 9 at the the time was presenting with some difficult behaviours both at home and school. School were really struggling and so was i!! None of us knew how to help him. On our first visit, I was instantly at ease and felt confident that things were going to improve. Also, for the first time i felt like I understood my sons' behaviours and had a better understanding of why it were happening. We made lots of changes and my sons behaviour was improving all the time. It was the first time I felt someone understood my child's behaviour and I felt constantly supported through the entire process
Our Behaviour Specialists will assist and direct you through the entire process and provide you with the necessary support and skills needed to understand difficult behaviours in the home, school and community.