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Archive | Autism

Autism Awareness Day

Presented by: Dez Ridler

Date: 11th January 2016

Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Cost: First place £75 Second place £55

Includes: Lunch & Refreshments

Target Audience: Teachers, TAs, those working with children with Autism

Course Outline:

A day course looking at the history of ideas about autism, strategies, interventions, sensory issues, anxiety and classroom management.

This training day considers current thinking about autism and looks at how our ideas have developed over time, from ‘refrigerator parents’ and psycho-generic explanations to the Triad of Impairments, theories of mind and more recent developments. Good practice guidance is included. Practical strategies for school and classroom management are explored throughout the day, linking to the themes of communication, social interaction, rigidity of thought, sensory issues and anxiety. Examples are drawn from current practice and there are a range of activities to encompass a variety of learning styles. Behaviour concerns are dealt with within the themes of the day.

Dez Riddler taught at Gap House School (now Laleham Gap) for 14 years and delivered autism training for the school. He moved to the Specialist Teaching Service in 2007 and after three years in charge of an autism provision now works as an AEN advisor in schools in Whitstable and Herne Bay as well helping parents with EHC Plans on behalf of the Parents Consortium.

Dez usually works with Helen, a parent of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome with a wealth of experience about the SEN system and the new legislation. She provides a very useful parent perspective on the subject

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Understanding Behaviour as Communication and how to Respond Positively

Presented by: Colin Troy

Date: 27th May 2016

Time: 9.45am - 3.15pm

Cost: First place £105 Second place £75

Includes: Lunch and Refreshments

Target Audience: Those working with children or adults who have challenging behaviour, learning difficulties including ASC and no or limited language skills.

Course Outline:

Many children and adults can only communicate by using their 'behaviour' which sometimes can be anti-social or challenging or causes further barriers to making contact with others. This course will explore how we can see beyond the behaviour to understand what is being communicated and how to meet the needs of the person. The course will focus on service users with limited verbal skills and will also explore ways of responding through sensory activities, movement and sounds and rhythms.

The course will demonstrate how behaviour can be analysed, and how making adjustments to the environment and making connections with the person can re-route and alter challenging behaviour in the long term. The course will develop techniques associated with intensive interaction, Sherbourne movement, sensory integration, music, play and drama techniques to help provide person centred responses.

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