Tony Osgood (GBR)

writer, lecturer, expert in care of people with intellectual disabilities and autism


Since taking early retirement from working as a Senior Lecturer in Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities at Kent University's Tizard Centre, and between consulting and teaching in Norway, Malta, Italy, Singapore and the UK, Tony has written two books about resolving challenging behaviour (2020's Supporting Positive Behaviour – translated into Czech and Chinese) and organising support (2022's Practice Leadership), as well as doing the housework and cooking.


His lectures are known for their empathy, humour, engagement, real life stories, and practical advice concerning inclusive ways of supporting and enabling people labelled as neurodivergent, and whose behaviour others find unusual. This is ok because neurodivergent people find our behaviour just plain weird, too.
His articles are widely circulated, he has written book chapters, and co-edited one of the key books for UK students of positive behaviour support. Before working at university, he was part of an outreach NHS behaviour support service, a service manager, a support worker, a musician and almost a monk. He is coming up for sixty and can be found loitering outside coffee shops wondering if he's too old and too uncool to order an espresso.
Tony now mentors, coaches, and teaches full time, and when not feeding children, does a bit of writing; his fiction and poetry have been published in the US and the UK, and he's finishing a couple of novels. He works with the Challenging Behaviour Foundation – a parent-led charity advocating for family-friendly policy change in the UK, and he regularly speaks at conferences. His work can be found via links at
His wife, Emma, says he can't dance but can sway the tarantella with inept enthusiasm.