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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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