Autism: How to Include Children in Mainstream Settings
In this practical workshop session we will explore ways of including pupils who have been labelled as being on the autism spectrum. The session will be values based and practical and will aim to allow the sharing of experiences and good practice as well promoting innovative approaches to inclusion through the design of best practice.
Autism and Communication
In this practical workshop session we will explore ways of including pupils who have been labelled as being on the autism spectrum. The session will be values based and practical and will aim to allow the sharing of experiences and good practice as well promoting innovative approaches to inclusion through the design of best practice. Parental perspectives and experiences will also be explored. This is not a ‘medical model’ day on autism. Our motto for the day is ‘People do things for a Reason (and the reason isn’t autism).’ We make full use of first hand accounts of the experience of autism – the autobiographies – to deepen participants’ understanding of what it means to be labeled ‘autistic’
“We are all much more simply human than otherwise, be we happy and successful, contented and detached, miserable and disordered, or whatever.”Harry Stack Sullivan
‘A great day – going away buzzing with ideas’??
‘Thanks for a wonderful day. Useful informative and a real ‘eye opener’. I feel that I am able to understand why some children with autism carry out certain actions’
‘I have gained a lot of knowledge and understanding and will be able to help support and accommodate children better. Thank you.’
‘I now know autism is part of us all’
‘Useful to stand in shoes of person with autism’
‘I was blessed to be on this day’
‘I will take all these ideas back to the nursery’
‘Very respectful of people on the spectrum.’
‘Ways of reaching a person, not a condition.’
‘Really gave me an idea of how people feel.’
- Increased confidence regarding autistic pupils and their inclusion in mainstream schools
- Access to a wider range of practical strategies to impact on communication and behaviour issues
- Deeper understanding of core values surrounding inclusion
- New skills and processes to strengthen the inclusion of young people with autism in all settings
Who Is It For ?
- Early years and school based practitioners
- Heads and deputies
- Guidance staff
- Learning support teams
- Primary and secondary teachers
- Local authority support services
- Community workers and carers
The course answers the questions :
- What is autism?
- How do we go about including children or young people with autism?
- What does autism have to do with me?
Key themes include:
- Movement differences
- Strategies for Facilitating Communication
- Supports and Accommodations for Sensory Sensitivities
- Developing Friendships and Peer Support
- School and Family Partnerships
- ‘Learning to Listen’ – Positive Behavioural Supports
- Developing School wide Supports for Teachers and Students
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