Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Understanding and Improving Support for Learners, Students & Pupils

Autistic spectrum disorders, including Asperger Syndrome, may affect as many as 1% of the population. Sufferers are far too frequently left undiagnosed and spend much of their formative and educational life being bullied, misunderstood and underachieving, even though their actual intelligence and IQ levels may be considerably above average.

The Autism Act 2009 prioritised the need for autism awareness training.  The Special Education Needs Discrimination Act and The Equality Act 2010 placed further responsibilities on schools, colleges and local authorities to identify and support this cohort of learners and pupils appropriately and the 2011 Green Paper on education and disability suggests huge changes to special needs identification and support.  Much more responsibility will rest with each type of organisation to ensure individual needs are accurately identified and supported.

As a result, all those organisations and individuals involved in the delivery of teaching, training and support services, need to ensure that they understand autism as fully as possible:

  • how the condition manifests itself
  • how to identify potential suffers
  • how to provide the support need to enable suffers to fulfil their true potential

For Whom

This workshop is designed, primarily, for representatives from educational and employers.  It will be of considerable use to all those who are involved in teaching, training and supporting or working those with autism, including but not exclusively:

  • Schools, Colleges, Learning Providers, Playgroups and Youth Clubs
  • Employers, Charities, Local Authorities
  • Operational Managers, including Quality, IAG, Student Services, SLDD
  • Heads of Department and Year
  • Teachers Lecturers, Trainers, Assessors, Learning Support Teams
  • Employer Representatives

Aims and Objectives

The aims of this course are to:

  • explain the features/symptoms of Autistic Spectrum disorders including Asperger's
  • understand the implications of these in the classroom
  • provide advice and guidance on ways to identify better non-diagnosed sufferers
  • consider suitable classroom management techniques
  • provide advice on liaison and pastoral strategies
  • advise on preparing students for educational progression and beyond
  • aid inclusiveness and conformation with the Special Needs Discrimination Act

Delegate Feedback

'Do you want to understand your pupil? Then attend this course!'
Senior Leader, Godolphin Junior School

'Absolutely brilliant! Well worth coming to. Very informative and run by somebody with a lot of passion and knowledge.'
TA, Nightingale Academy

'Excellent. Relevant, useful and interesting information. Engaging delivery and flexible and accommodating of participants needs.
Lecturer, South Thames College

Content

The workshop is broken down into 7 distinct but related sections:

1. Understanding the Autistic Spectrum

  • What is the autistic spectrum?
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Language difficulties
  • Social development
  • Cognitive differences

2. Identifying autistic spectrum disorders

3. The classroom and pastoral implications

  • Academic work
  • Vocational Work
  • Examinations
  • Plus points
  • Teachers, trainers, assessors and employers
  • Pastoral staff

4. The Rage cycle

  • The rumbling stage and how to prevent it
  • The rage stage and how to cope with it
  • The recovery stage

5. Getting into the autistic’s mind – exercise

6. Strategies to improve success and achievement

  • In the classroom
  • For the SENCO or learning support
  • Pastorally

7. Life after school/college/sixth form

  • Making the right choice and what to do next
  • Supported living
  • Employment options
  • University
  • Choosing the right course
  • The UCAS form
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Living at university
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Workshop Style

This training course is delivered in a workshop style. It is highly participative with a blend of presentation, group exercises and debate.  A comprehensive delegate pack is included. .

Numbers

To ensure effective levels of delegate participation, involvement and interaction, delegate numbers are restricted.  This workshop is suitable for groups of 2 to 20 delegates.

Certification

Formal CPD certificates are provided after the event in a form which is acceptable as CPD evidence to many professional bodies and institutions.

Facilitator

The facilitator for this workshop is a highly experienced trainer with in-depth subject knowledge.