Fabic Video - Behaviour Specialist

Video gold on being a Behaviour Specialist

Tanya Curtis has been known to many as an expert with understanding and supporting people to change their non-preferred behaviours. Many would say she is so good and understanding others that she knows more about why the behaviour is occurring than they are aware of.

So what makes Tanya tick? How does she do it? What are the keys to knowing so much about our behaviour and how to change it?

The truth is, that it is all rather simple. Tanya does not know any more about our behaviour than we do, its simply that she does not see us as the behaviour but the awesome, amazing lovable being we innately are. A fact that many of us tend to overlook when we are trying to change our behaviours, instead seeing us as the behaviour!


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Building Foundations

Tanya Curtis talks about the importance of building a foundation of equality first with whomever she is working with. This is the key to true and lasting behaviour change.

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Make My Job Redundant

Tanya Curtis talks about the atandard at which she works and how her job is to make sure the person who is seeing her is that little bit more independent and that little bit less in need of her each time. Essentially her job is to make us all behaviour specialists in our own way.

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What are the Fabic Products & how did they come about?

Tanya introduces the posters, books and various other products which are sold at Fabic and have come about as a result of a calling for greater understanding and support from those she saw in her clinic every day.

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Sensitivities and ASD – FABIC and Tanya Curtis on Autism Spectrum Disorder

Tanya Curtis of Fabic speaks about the particular sensitivities and awareness that a person with ASD can experience and brings a broader understanding to the notion of 'over-stimulation'.

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Treating Autism Spectrum Disorder from a Behaviour Specialists Perspective 2

FABIC's Tanya Curtis on her approach to treating Autism Spectrum Disorder. Whether working with people with ASD or any person who is experiencing unwanted behaviours, understanding the cause is essential. If we are all innately 'code blue' meaning we are innately amazing loveable beings who are free from anxiety, what factors can impact us from outside?

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Conforming to society? Or learning to deal with judgement

How does a person with ASD deal with the judgement that often comes from a society that has picture around what a person's behaviour 'should' look like? In this video Tanya Curtis explores how to support yourself in the face of judgement and focus on the changes that you would like to make to your unwanted behaviour without taking on the projections of others.

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Tanya Curtis on Autism Spectrum Disorder: Beyond the Label

Behavioural Specialist and Counsellor Tanya Curtis speaks about her experience working with people with a diagnosis of Austism Spectrum Disorder and the foundational principles she applies to best support people with an ASD.

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Body Life Skills - Parenting does not have to be a chore… It can be a joy

In truth raising children should be a joy every moment. Yes it has its level of demand and at times intensity but this does not mean it needs to be a checklist and can in fact be something you can enjoy! Tanya Curtis shares how.

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Body Life Skills - Anxiety, Behaviour, Schools and Withdrawal

Most of us consider anxiety to be something extreme. We tend to look out and see more intense behaviours going on in others and thinking that we are ok because we are not exhibiting the same intensity of behaviour but that does not mean we do not have anxiety. Have we normalised anxiety simply because most of us do not exhibit the extreme behaviours?

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Body Life Skills - resignation and settling for function...

As a society we have resigned to the fact that life is as it is and that behaviours are deteriorating and not truly getting better. We have collectively settled for a lesser quality of life. The Body Life Skills Program allows us to practically take responsibility for our behaviours and through understanding feel there is a greater quality we can live with each day.

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Body Life Skills - Management vs. Lasting Behaviour Change

In society we are generally all very skilled at managing behaviours and that is needed in order to reduce the intensity of what is being experienced, but it does not change the underlying cause of why a particular behaviour is chosen in the first place. The Body Life Skills Program is revolutionary in that it does just that. It supports each of us to understand and address the underlying root causes of what is causing us to choose the behaviours we do

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Body Life Skills - Freeing yourself from perfectionism

Perfectionism cripples us from allowing ourselves to be who we naturally are and it is not a healthy way to live. Desireé Delaloye shares about her process of over coming perfectionism through the Body Life Skills Program

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Body Life Skills - The science, evidence and practical application of The Body Life Skills program

The Body Life Skills Program is based on a process of scientific assessment which is absolutely gold in theory but not very accessible to the everyday person. Tanya Curtis has taken this assessment and made it relative to us all in the Body Life Skills Program.

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Body Life Skills - Anxiety and behaviour … how are they related

To understand behaviour one must understand anxiety. Anxiety is simply a communication from our body that there is a part of life we are being presented with that we do not perceive we have the skills to respond to. Yet underneath all of us we are equipped with everything we need to master all life presents us with.

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Body Life Skills - Behaviour is not who a person is, it is what they do

The distinction between our being already being complete and whole and everything we could ever need and our doing the aspect were we are not perfect and we sometimes need to develop skills is crucial to understand behaviour and achieving lasting and true behaviour change.

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Body Life Skills - Bringing Lasting change to Addictive Behaviours

No one is ever a alcoholic or drug addict. Yes there may be behaviours that are exhibited by the person that we can say falls under the banner of saying the person is as such however this never means the person is truly that. Everyone no matter what is a gorgeous, amazing, lovable being and it is important to approach everyone of us this way when we are dealing with our addictive behaviours. We can stop the behaviour yes, but the urge to do the behaviour again will not go unless we deal with the underlying cause of why the behaviour was chosen in the first place.

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Body Life Skills - The value of appreciating each others strengths and weaknesses

It is always important to understand that we ALL have areas of life we have mastered and is our strengths, and also equally areas of life we are yet to master and are our weaknesses. We can all learn from each others strengths and together support each other to develop our weaknesses by understand what are each others strengths and weaknesses

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Body Life Skills - The power of 'I Wonder why' and understanding

Judgement is a massive inhibition to behaviour change and is a major cause of anxiety in most of us. Did you know that simply asking 'I wonder why?' instead of judging another can be a significant support in their process of healing and understanding themselves? This alone can help to reduce a massive amount of anxiety another may be experiencing each and every day simply through the power of understanding and allowing another to feel met and understood for who they truly are.

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Body Life Skills - Diagnosis, Labels and Autism Spectrum Disorder

A diagnosis is only just a marker to say what your strengths are and what your weaknesses are and they support in understanding what the person might be experiencing in life

. BUT as Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis explains, the label or diagnosis does NOT define who the person is. You are not truly autistic, you are an awesome, amazing lovable being who is showing signs of Autism but it does not define who you are, it just identifies the parts of life you have yet to master.

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Body Life Skills - Behaviour is not personal when you bring understanding

Understanding others for the beautiful, amazing, lovable beings they truly are allows us to not only not take their behaviours personally but also allows us to truly support and meet them in times when they are not themselves, simply because with understanding comes no judgement. Instead understanding allows us to see any unwanted behaviour as a communication from the person that their is something in life they are not perceiving they are equipped to handle

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Body Life Skills - Summarizing the practical application of the Body Life Skills program

The Body Life Skills Program is a very simple, practical and effective way of without judgement identifying our unwanted undesirable behaviours and yes correctly highlighting the need for them to change, yet also seeing that underneath no matter the behaviour, we all are equally amazing lovable beings.

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Body Life Skills - Deepening the Quality of Our Life

Is there so much more to life than just the day to day function and anxiety most of us live with?

Yes absolutely there is! The Body Life Skills Program is a simple practical and very effective tool in our tool box that we can use to truly understand life and our unwanted behaviours and actually change them to allow more of who we are to come out.

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Body Life Skills - Eating Disorder vs. Disordered Eating

Most of us do not have an eating disorder, but 99% of us have disordered eating.

As Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis explains, the crucial difference between eating from you body and what it truly needs to support it in life and eating from the desires of our mind which can say something is great for us and it would like to eat this or that even if the body does not truly need to eat any of that.

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Body Life Skills - Controlling Pictures vs. Self Mastering Life

Are we trying to control life to meet a picture we create?

As Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis explains, many of us feel dis-ease in our body as as a result many of us try to control life such that the areas that we may not feel completely equipped to deal with are not presented to us. Yet the only way to truly feel at ease within our body is to be self-responsible in life and learn to master the areas of life that we have not been feeling equipped to deal with.

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Body Life Skills - Building a foundation to feel safe to express

We often do not realise it, but many of us are using behaviours to avoid being judged by others.

As Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis explains, judgement, whether in a positive or negative form is never nice to feel but we cannot change another's behaviour we can only change how we respond or react to such a situation.

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Body Life Skills - Is age a barrier to behaviour change?

Have you ever felt like life keeps presenting the same thing time and time again?

As Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis explains, that we are never too old to learn new tricks and therefore whether we are 8, 18 or 88, if there is something in life we have not learnt to respond or deal with, we will keep getting the same lesson re-presented time and time again.

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Body Life Skills - Life triggers are an opportunity for self mastery

Our experience of life is determined by our choice to respond or react to what life presents us.

As Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis explains, our ability to self master life is made up of our choices to react or respond to what life presents to us. Life triggers never stop coming to us, but our approach of them changes and therefore how we experience changes too.

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Body Life Skills - Behaviours do not belong to one person…

Very rarely does a behaviour belong to just one person.

As Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis explains, if one unwanted behaviour is exhibited by one person is usually relates to unwanted behaviours that exist in others around them. For example in a family it is rarely just the behaviour of one person that Tanya finds herself working with, but the behaviour of everyone within the family as everyone's behaviour impacts of everyone else.

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Body Life Skills - A person is not their behaviour...

It is important to remember that we are never what we do, for we are already beautiful, amazing, lovable beings.

As Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis explains, though we tend to identify ourselves by what we do, say or think and hence perceive ourselves as good or bad accordingly. This judgement gets in the way of allowing true understanding of our behaviour and hence true behaviour change to occur.

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Body Life Skills - Behaviour is not the focus... identifying the reason why is essential

It is important to never make the behaviour the focus.

And as Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis explains, yes behaviours may not always be ok, however it is the reason why a behaviour is chosen then is the important thing to focus on. We can open up more with honesty when we feel that we are not being judged and instead being understood.

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Body Life Skills - Behaviour is not wrong… I wonder why it's happening?

Our body is never ever ever wrong. Our behaviours are simply just communications.

And as Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis explains, 'I wonder why?' is an important phrase to use throughout our daily life. Even the smallest sign of unwanted behaviour such as a change in voice tone, or hunger pains or tension in our shoulders indicates that our body is communicating we are not perceiving we do not have the skills to deal with the situation before us.

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Body Life Skills - Judgment delays behaviour change

It is important to remember that we are all forever students and forever teachers of life.

As Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis explains, when we judge ourselves or another we delay the learning of new skills which consequently, delays behaviour change.

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Body Life Skills - Subscribing to pictures - how does this impact behaviour?

We all have pictures about what life 'should' be and with this there are a whole host of rules that we subscribe to.

Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis shares her observations of the impacts of these pictures that we have. Essentially, as a result of these 'shoulds' and 'rules' we set ourselves up to have what Tanya calls, smashed pictures which are our unmet expectations of what we think life 'should' be like.

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Body Life Skills - Rules, pictures, smashed pictures, anxiety and unwanted behaviours

Our anxiety often comes about because of our smashed pictures. And as Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis explains, smashed pictures comes about because we have rules that we think we need to follow. Be it the rules related to being a 'good' mother. Or those related to expressing love on Valentines Day. There are literally millions of rules we can subscribe to that impact on our ability to simple be our lovable selves.

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What Behaviours are being seen from Screen Time?

Our time behind the screen is having a massive impact on not only the behaviour of children and teenagers but adults too.

Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis shares her observations of the impacts.

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Our common understanding of Mental Health

Our common perception of mental health or dealing with any behaviour we do not prefer is to seek a fix or a remedy without truly dealing with the root cause.

Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis explores this in more depth and asks whether this is truly working.

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The Difference between Sympathy, Empathy and Understanding

We can sometimes use the terms sympathy, empathy and understanding interchangeably thinking they mean almost the same thing. An actual fact they have vastly different meanings, and this is not semantics but a reality of how we approach life with regard to supporting and loving ourselves and another.

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Life's Classroom of Responsibility

Is life more than just day to day tasks and doings? What if life is nothing more than just a classroom, a gigantic one, offering us an opportunity to repeat time and time again lessons we need to learn to embrace more of the awesome amazing lovable beings we truly are?

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The Importance of Joy beyond Function

Whilst it is important to be functioning in life as well and as full as we possibly can, is there more to life than mere function and is there more to true health and well-being than just doing well in life?

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What are Relief Based Strategies of Behaviour Management?

Have you ever wanted to change your behaviour? Or perhaps wanted to deal with or manage a stress or tension that you have felt? Often we search for the remedy that brings us a quick form of relief, be it having a chocolate bar or slice of cake but none of these offer true understanding and bring lasting and effective behaviour change.

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What is Anxiety?

Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis shares what anxiety is and how it occurs for most of us. She shares how it is nothing more than a symptom of a person not feeling equipped to deal with what life is asking of them. What is it about life that you yourself have not yet self-mastered and feel totally equipped to deal with?

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Screen Time ... What are the Effects on Behaviour?

Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis shares how the energy of how the video, game, app or anything else we are interacting with on a screen comes into our body as affects the way we behave whether we realise it or not.

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Do Movements Affect Our Thoughts?

Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis explains how the way we move is what allows thoughts to be. We can have an angry thought in one moment and then in the next after simply standing or moving the thought can be immediately gone. Is there more to this science than we realise?

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Distrubances - what are they and how do they affect us?

Disturbances as explained here by Fabic Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis are all the things we experience that are not inline with the love we know we innately know we deserve to be met with but are not.

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Are Our Past Hurts Affecting Us Today?

Tanya Curtis talks about how our hurts from experiences of the past can remain effecting our behaviours in the present even if we are not aware of the hurts being there. The only true way forward is to heal and deal with them not to bury them.

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Body Life Skills - the Impacts on Our Economy and Society

In this video, Tanya Curtis covers how applying The Body Life Skills Program to life can offer true and lasting behaviour change which can save money and time, avoiding the need for relief based strategies and short term solutions that do not truly change the root of why the behaviour is occurring in the first place. With rising behaviour issues across society in general, this is hugely beneficial for society and the economy as a whole.

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Tips for Bringing Lasting Behaviour Change - Setting Up for Success

We must be aware of how we are teaching another skills because whilst, we may understand and have mastered the skill, the other person is still learning to apply it into their life. This means we must ensure the way we teach the skill is in such a way that they understand and can apply it and often this is a process of offering it to them in small steps. This way we are setting them up for success. 

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Tips for Bringing Lasting Behaviour Change - We Can Only Change Our Own Behaviour

No matter how much we may want it we cannot change another person's behaviour for it is ultimately their choice as to how they want to behave. We are much greater than this as we can embrace our true role of being a teacher in such a case and inspire them to make adjustments in their own life from how we are choosing to live ours. 

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Tips for Bringing Lasting Behaviour Change - Behaviour Management vs Lasting Behaviour Change

Tanya Curtis explains that last behaviour change and behaviour management are two completely different approaches to behaviour change. One is about managing the behaviour which does not necessarily mean getting to the root of why it is occurring in the first place. The only is about applying a skills based appoach to offering more empowerment to the individual to actually change their behaviour. 

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Tips for Bringing Lasting Behaviour Change - Honesty Without Judgement

The key to bringing lasting behaviour change is to never judge our behaviours as being right or wrong. When we do this we miss out on seeing with honesty why they are occurring in the first place. When we are not honest we pretent that the unwanted behaviour is not there which makes the process of behaviour change longer. 

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FABIC Workshop - Kingaroy 2017

The Supervised School of Distance Education (SSDE) coordinated workshops in May 2017 in Kingaroy where Tanya Curtis, founder and Director of FABIC, was the presenter. 

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What is Bullying?

Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis answers the question 'What is Bullying?' and discusses some of the different types of bullying that can occur.

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The Importance of Meeting a Client for Who They Are

Fabic founder and Senior Behaviour Specialist Tanya Curtis speaks at the Australian Counselling Association 2013 Conference on the importance of meeting the client for the awesome, amazing, loveable person that lies within and not identifying them with their behaviours.

In her presentation Tanya highlights the importance of a dedicated approach to ongoing personal development for all practitioners working in the fields of Psychology, Counselling and Behaviour Management. As Tanya suggests to all carers with whom she works with in her clinical practice: "we must prioritise our own well-being before we are able to truly support another".

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Can We Change Or Control The Situation?

Tanya Curtis explains how we can approach a loss in life whether that be a favourite toy that is lost, an expectation that is left unfulfilled or a major loss of a family member or friend. The fact we we cannot change or control these situations as they are outside of our control but we can change the way we approach them.

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