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Courses for Practitioners

Our enjoyable, informative and effective workshops give delegates a deeper knowledge and understanding of the needs of an individual with autism. They enable delegates to feel confident in creating effective interventions when working with individuals and groups of learners.

Our training course content is agreed after discussion with your organisation to ensure that it meets your staff needs. We can deliver conference presentations, half day, full day and longer courses depending on your requirements.

The following areas of training are based on recurring themes. You can combine elements from any of these subjects.

Understanding autism
Training slide Inclusive classroom
Strategies powerpoint title slide
title slides Reducing challenging behaviour
Autism and communication
Sensory difference
Training slide Thinking skills
Training slide Creating Champions

Additional Information on Courses for Practitioners

Autism PGCert

Autism PGCert

Practitioner’s Course Information

Understanding autismUnderstanding Autism

This course is designed to raise awareness of autism and give an insight into the effect it can have on the child or young person. The session will provide information on the Autism diagnostic criteria. We will give a positive message about Autism describing the child’s strengths but also explaining the differences and possible challenges the pupils with autism might face. We will consider the impact of:

  • a different way of thinking
  • Executive Function
  • Theory of Mind
  • Central Coherence

During this course, we will suggest some tried and tested strategies and resources for use with children and young people with autism.

By the end of the course delegates will have:

  • a raised awareness of Autism and an appreciation of the individual’s unique thinking style.
  • a greater understanding of the difficulties encountered by individuals with autism.
  • increased confidence to identify and make changes which will positively support the child.
  • increased knowledge of strategies to support the individual.
  • increased confidence to identify and make changes which will positively support the child.

Training slide Inclusive classroomAutism in the Inclusive Classroom

Learning to see the world through the Autism eye can help every teacher make a difference.

This workshop will introduce practitioners to the world of Autism and provide them with some tried and tested strategies that will not only help the child with Autism, but will be of value to every child in the classroom. It will explain why children with Autism need a different teaching style and how, by making just a few accommodations, practitioners can make their classroom fully inclusive.

By the end of the course delegates will have:

  • a raised awareness of Autism and an appreciation of the individual’s unique thinking style
  • know some strategies teachers can use in a mainstream classroom to enable successful inclusion of children with autism whilst continuing to meet the needs of their peers
  • understand the impact of autism on families

Strategies powerpoint title slideStrategies to Support the Child

This presentation and workshop will explore a range of tried and tested resources for use with children and young people with autism. A description of the TEACCH approach highlighting the value of introducing structure to the environment and daily routines. This presentation will consider how using visual resources can support communication, behavioural, social and emotional understanding. There will also be an opportunity to make some visual resources to support the child.

By the end of the course delegates will:

  • know ways to introduce structure into the environment and create autism friendly environments
  • know the importance of using a visual approach
  • have made some visual resources to support the child

title slides Reducing challenging behaviourReducing Challenging Behaviour

On this course delegates, will learn about the causes of challenging behaviour in the classroom or setting. This presentation and workshop will look at the communicative function of behaviours A range of strategies for promoting positive behaviour will be explained. There will be an opportunity to brainstorm solutions and share best practice.

By the end of the course delegates will have:

  • a greater understanding of the reasons for challenging behaviour
  • understanding of the effect increased anxiety can have for people with autism
  • the ability to recognise early warning signs and defuse challenging situations
  • increased confidence when dealing with individuals that present challenging behaviour
  • increased knowledge of strategies to support the individual.

Autism and communicationAutism and Communication

This course will focus on the communication skills of children with autism and what factors may impact upon successful communication.  The course will cover the development of language, understanding key words, simplification of language and how to use visual resources and Makaton signs to support the child.

By the end of the course delegates will have:

  • a greater understanding of variations in the use of language and communication of children on the autism spectrum
  • the knowledge to identify factors that can impact on the child’s ability to communicate effectively
  • a greater understanding of ways to support the child’s communication
  • knowledge of the importance of using a visual approach to support communication

Sensory differenceSensory Differences

This course explores the sensory differences that may be encountered by children with autism and how they affect their ability to make sense of the world. Strategies and changes to the environment will be suggested to support the child or young person’s sensory needs.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • understand some differences in how individuals on the autism spectrum experience and process information from their senses
  • identify the impact sensory differences may have on the lives of children with autism
  • recognise the child’s sensory needs and know some strategies and adaptations to provide effective support

Developing Social Skills

The aim of this session is to explore the implications of social difficulties for the child and young person and how this affects their interactions with family and friends. We will look at the social skills necessary for making friends and sustaining a friendship.

By the end of the course delegates will have:

  • an understanding of the implications of social difficulties for the young person and how this affects their interactions with others.
  • knowledge of some strategies to develop social skills.

Training slide Creating ChampionsCreating Autism Champtions

We will be describing a successful project which we undertook that has helped to raise awareness of autism amongst children in mainstream schools. We will be sharing the results of this initiative and explaining how practitioners can implement similar projects in their own schools.

We will describe the Assembly and Lessons that were delivered to groups of children to increase their understanding of autism and to help them discover suitable ways in which they could support and befriend their peers to become ‘Champions for Autism.’

We will be demonstrating how, by encouraging children to act as ‘Champions for Autism’, mainstream schools can set up a sustainable and inclusive support network for children with autism that works by breaking down barriers and changing attitudes towards the condition.

By the end of the course delegates will have:

  • an understanding of the rationale for raising peer awareness
  • Knowledge of some ways to implement a peer awareness project

Training slide Thinking skillsDeveloping Thinking Skills

This presentation and workshop looks at current theory relating to thinking skills. The course will raise awareness of the different thinking style of the individual with autism and how this might impact on their ability to access the learning environment and on their behaviour. We will consider the child’s difficulty with flexible thinking and how we can support the child.

It will explore practical strategies to promote thinking skills in individuals with autism.

By the end of the course delegates will have:

  • a raised awareness of Autism and an appreciation of the individual’s unique thinking style
  • knowledge of some thinking skills approaches that are beneficial to children with Autism
  • some ideas on how to develop thinking skills activities specifically for children on the Autistic Spectrum.