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20LC 11 015 - Autism and the Post-Primary School Programme CANCELLED

Middletown Centre for Autism - 5 Week Professional Training Programme - Post Primary School


Programme Content

1. Autism and Life Skills, including Relationships and Sexuality Education
2. Autism and Sensory Processing
3. Autism and Anxiety Management
4. Autism and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour
5. Autism and Social Communication

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 Post Primary School environment.


Autism and Life Skills, including Relationships and Sexuality Education
Life skills are regarded as independent living skills or daily living skills. It is also important to include executive function or thinking skills such as organising, planning, prioritising and decision making. Effective teaching of issues around life skills and sexuality education involves close collaboration between schools and parents to ensure messages are clear for the autistic students. This session will examine the impact of adolescence on young autistic people and examine the broad definition of life skills, within the contexts of work, leisure and personal care, and how the core difficulties, associated with autism, may directly affect the development of life skills.


Autism and Anxiety Management

Post Primary aged autistic students experience anxiety in many situations, with some experiencing significant anxiety difficulties. While many reasons are shared with typically developing students, there are some key factors relating to autism that mean stress and anxiety are more likely.
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 Sensory Processing

Sensory processing refers to the ability of an individual to register, interpret and respond to sensory information. This is a complex process involving all the sensory systems (auditory, gustatory, visual, olfactory, tactile, proprioceptive, vestibular and interoception). When sensory processing is working well, an individual can engage in daily functional activities and social interaction. Sensory processing differences are prevalent in autistic students and can affect every aspect of life and development.
This session examines the sensory processing differences frequently associated with autism and will demonstrate how such differences impact on learning, leisure activities and choices, social interactions and behaviour in school.

Autism and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour
Autistic children and young people can experience elevated levels of anxiety and stress often resulting in distressed and inappropriate behaviours. Responding effectively to behaviour remains a concern for parents and professionals. Early intervention and planning are important to ensure that children and young people have an array of proactive strategies to defuse rather than escalate a demanding situation. This session will examine how the core features of autism can influence the behaviour of children and young people and challenge the term, “Challenging Behaviour”.

Autism and Social Communication.
Social communication is a multi-faceted, complex interaction.
Social communication can be challenging for many autistic children and young people. Many want to be socially interactive, make friends and form relationships, be included within the classroom and wider community, but find it difficult because of the many social conventions needed to achieve effective communication.
Autistic children and young people experiencing such difficulties may find it hard to understand the messages being given, such as the meaning we put into our voice, the expressions on our faces, and gestures such as waving, pointing or shrugging

Course Dates: Wednesdays 4, 11, 18, 25 November and Wednesday 2 December 2020
Time: 7-9pm

Bookings: https://www.middletownautism.com/package/joint/autism-and-the-post-primary-school-programme-november-december
Further Information: www.middletownautism.com

Course Details

Course Date 04-11-2020 7:00 pm
Course End Date 02-12-2020 9:00 pm
Registration fee / cost Free

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