Autism Training for Schools and Organisations

Understanding Autism Part 1

This thought-provoking session will enable you to consider your own beliefs about autism and how this relates to your own practice whilst providing you with an informative and interesting account of how autism was first discovered to present day thoughts, opinions and research.

Staff will gain a greater understanding of autism as a spectrum condition by learning how autism can affect people as individuals whilst also learning about commonalities. Staff will develop a greater understanding of differences in communication, thinking styles and sensory perceptions between autistic and non-autistic people and in doing so will be able to appreciate how autistic children experience the world. A question and answer session will follow.

Understanding Autism Part 2

Ideally having completed ‘Autism Understanding Part 1’, staff working in a variety of settings can then gain a deeper understanding of how being autistic can affect learning whilst gaining a greater understanding of the wide range of practical strategies that can be used to support autistic learners.

This session will cover relevant topics such as; communication differences, speech and language needs, feelings, routine and predictability, organisational skills, behaviour and well-being, sensory considerations, the environment, mental-health, transitions, social issues and co-morbid conditions. Both the strengths of autistic children and the challenges they face in the school setting are highlighted.

Staff will be aware of the many strategies that can be used to support autistic learners (both socially and academically) and staff will be able to browse through a range of resources to aid learning including games, sensory equipment, reading materials and speech and language resources.

Autism and Anxiety

Approximately 40% [of autistic people] have symptoms of at least one type of anxiety disorder at any time (Steensel, Bogels and Perrin, 2011) compared with up to 15% of the general population. Therefore this valuable course will equip those attending with an understanding of why autistic people experience higher levels of anxiety whilst providing strategies, suggestions and resources that will help reduce anxiety. Importantly, staff will learn the methods and strategies that can help autistic children to feel calmer whilst at school. When needs are met, autistic children can fulfil their potential.

This 1 hour course is suitable for those working with autistic children in primary and secondary schools and other settings and equips those attending with a greater understanding and appreciation of the factors that lead to anxiety. In addition, many useful strategies and methods to reduce stress and anxiety are gained.

Safeguarding Autistic Children and Young People

Worryingly, autistic children find it difficult to read the intentions of others, can be very trusting and honest and their difficulties in social understanding can put them at risk. Due to a wide range of factors, autistic children need to be explicitly taught how to keep themselves safe.

During this informative session, advice and suggestions are made to support schools to adapt aspects of the curriculum (personal, social, health and relationship education) for autistic learners. Social aspects that can cause autistic children to become at risk are explored. Internet safety, self-esteem and social isolation are highlighted for example. School policies and risk assessments are also discussed.

This highly important training session addresses many safeguarding issues by providing participants with a range of useful tips and advice.

Those working with autistic children will become aware of the wide range of practical resources that can be used to ensure autistic children learn many valuable skills to remain safe.

Autistic Girls Part 1

Autistic girls are under diagnosed and often misdiagnosed. Many autistic women are only diagnosed in their forties! Highlighting the issues that many autistic girls face across the life course, this session covers many topics such as school life, friendships, feelings, health, well-being, transitions and sensory considerations. This course also draws upon current research in this specific field. Resources and literature to support the academic and social needs of autistic girls are shared to enrich the curriculum and enable staff to tailor resources to the specific needs of autistic girls.

This session will enable staff working in primary and secondary schools (as well as specialist schools and other settings) to understand how best to support autistic girls in the school environment and wider world. The views of autistic girls and women are shared through this unique and insightful training session.

This course is suitable for staff working with autistic girls but is also suitable for parents, carers and other individuals, groups and other organisations.

Autistic Girls Part 2

This session follows on from Autistic Girls Part 1 and enables staff to explore issues affecting young autistic girls and older autistic women providing a broader understanding of life issues for autistic women including; well-being and mental health, sensory considerations and the environment, safety, risk, addiction, self-harm, intense interests, relationships, identity, transitions and employment. Social issues are also a focus.

The views and perspectives of autistic women are voiced. A range of strategies to support autistic adolescents are shared during this session. Those attending are also able to browse a range of current resources and literature regarding autistic girls and women.

This session is suitable for staff, parents/carers and others who may work with autistic girls and young women.