Study Type
Part Time
Study Level
Level 2
Start Date:
On demand
To be confirmed

Course Sheets

Entry requirements
Who the course is for

Distance learning courses are suitable for people who like to learn independently. You are able to set your own pace of study, within a certain timeframe, and choose where and when you want to. Distance learning is popular with those that want to gain

What the interview will involve

Not required

What you will learn

Unit 1: Awareness of distressed behaviour in children

Unit 2: Principles of intervention when working with children who display distressed behaviour

Unit 3: Distressed behaviour and mental health in children

Unit 4: Distressed behaviour and learning disabilities in children

Unit 5: Distressed behaviour, sensory processing conditions and autism spectrum conditions in children

Unit 6: Legislation and guidance for an individual providing support to children displaying distressed behaviour

How you will learn

You will self-study using college resources – online or with workbooks (course dependent).


Our level 2 courses are usually funded *(if you are 19-23 years old you must already have a full level 2 qualification to be eligible for funding. More eligibility criteria apply). Contact us if you need more information on funding.

Failure to complete the course will incur an admin cost.

Qualifications you will get

Level 2 Certificate

Additional information
Trying the patience of parents is part of a child’s healthy and normal development, it’s a child’s way of practicing their independence. As difficult and frustrating as this may be for parents, these episodes often pass. Distressed behaviour in children is pro-longed and can take many forms – anger, lack of attention, physical and verbal abuse, reluctance to socialise, self-harm and risk of injury to themselves or others. The root of distressed behaviour can be varied, complex and if left unaddressed, can contribute to further mental issues in adolescence. This online short course will enable learners to gain a general awareness of the causes of distressed behaviour, along with an understanding of appropriate ways to support a child displaying distressed behaviour. Furthermore, learners will consider how other characteristics such as mental health, learning disabilities and sensory processing or autism conditions can play a role in distressed behaviour being displayed by a child. Finally, learners will gain an understanding of how current UK legislation underpins approaches to providing support for a child who displays distressed behaviour. This course is ideal for those who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of distressed behaviour in children. It’s also valuable for anyone who is planning a career that requires an understanding of distressed behaviour and is looking to gain a qualification in this. The programme is suitable for those who desire to form a foundation due to little or no previous experience of the topic.

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