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20LC 11 014 - Autism and the Special School Programme

Middletown Centre for Autism  -  5 Week Professional Training Programme  -  Special School

Programme Content

1. Autism, Communication and Motivation for Students in the Special School
2. Autism and the Special School, Developing Social and Leisure Activities
3. Autism and the Special School, Anxiety Management and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour
4. Autism and the Special School, Sensory Processing
5. Autism and the Special School, Relationships and Sexuality Education


This 5-week programme has been designed for parents, family members,teachers and other education professionals who are living and working with young autistic people in the Special S chool environment.


Autism, Communication and Motivation for Students in the Special School

For individuals who have autism and learning difficulties, the difficulties relating to communication can often be magnified. Many autistic children and young people have significant difficulties with speaking, language and communication.
This session will examine why autistic students experience difficulty not only with communication but also the motivation to communicate thus impinging on them becoming socially active partners. Understanding communication is as difficult as using language to express needs, wants or offer commentary. Autistic students are more likely to be successful communicators in environments that are designed to encourage and support their efforts.

Autism and the Special School, Developing Social and Leisure Activities

This course looks at developing play, social and leisure skills for autistic children and young people who also have learning difficulties. It looks at how to enable children and young people to make active choices in how they spend their free time, at the specific teaching strategies to enable understanding of the social rules of recreational activities and at involving students with learning difficulties the wider learning community. This can range from something as simple as being able to watch a DVD for ten minutes while a parent makes a phone call, to more complex skills like turn taking, sharing, waiting, making positive choices, and communicating personal preferences.

Autism and the Special School, Anxiety Management and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour

Autistic students experience anxiety in many situations, with some experiencing significant anxiety difficulties. For many, school is a major source of stress and there are some key factors relating to autism that mean stress and anxiety are more likely. Everyone shows their anxiety in individual ways, so the most reliable observations that a student is anxious are going to be made by the people who know the student best. This shows the importance of working closely not only within the family structure, but also with the school staff.
This session is an introduction to strategies that can be used to alleviate the experience of anxiety in autistic students. This will include an introduction to cognitively based strategies and how to develop student centred strategies to deal with anxiety.


Autism and the Special School, Sensory Processing

Many autistic individuals have differences in how they process the sensory stimuli in the world around them. A child or young person who presents with additional learning needs may experience more challenges with how they perceive and respond to sensory input. This course is designed to look specifically at the sensory processing needs of individuals who have autism and other complex learning needs, such as communication difficulties, physical or sensory impairment, attention difficulties and medical needs.


Autism and the Special School, Relationships and Sexuality Education

This session will examine the impact of adolescence on autistic young people and learning difficulties. Participants will be shown how to incorporate behavioural interventions with visual strategies to help autistic teenagers cope with some of the typical issues of adolescence, particularly, if they do not have verbal language or reading skills. The training will provide practical strategies for developing an appropriate and accessible Relationships and Sexuality Education curriculum for autistic pupils and learning difficulties.

Course Dates: Tuesdays 3, 10, 17, 24 November and Tuesday 1 December 2020
Time: 7-9pm

Bookings: https://www.middletownautism.com/package/joint/autism-and-the-special-school-online-learning

Further Information: www.middletownautism.com 

 

Course Details

Course Date 03-11-2020 7:00 pm
Course End Date 01-12-2020 9:00 pm
Registration fee / cost Free
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