Training & Workshops

Upcoming Online Workshops to December 2022
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Emotional Regulation

We are living in a time where there is a big need for understanding and supporting Emotional Regulation in children.  Anxiety, depression and Neurodiversity has an impact on nearly half of the school population, which this course will address directly. 

 

Friday, 29 July 2022

Saturday, 30 July 2022

Friday, 23 September 2022
Saturday, 24 September 2022

Friday, 11 November 2022

Saturday, 12 November 2022

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Social Stories

Social Stories are individualised short stories used to assist autistic children in understanding social situations. This helps to bring clarity and predictability which in turn reduces anxiety. Social stories are effective because they address autistic difficulties directly, equipping the child now and for the future.

Friday, 12 August 2022

Saturday, 13 August 2022

Friday, 14 October 2022

Saturday, 15 October 2022

Friday, 18 November 2022

Saturday, 19 November 2022

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Positive Behaviour Support

Managing big and explosive behaviours can be exhausting and its a situation that rarely improves by itself.  As adults, we need to learn how to de-escalate situations effectively, support children appropriately during crisis and equip them with practical calming tools.
 

Friday, 26 August 2022

Saturday, 27 August 2022

Friday, 28 October 2022

Saturday, 29 October 2022

Friday, 25 November 2022

Saturday, 26 November 2022

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Visual Tools

Visuals that are used correctly and autistic-friendly can make an incredible difference for an autistic child.  The correct use of visuals help to create an environment where children can experience safety, certainty and clarity, enabling increased resilience when learning new skills.  Visuals also help to bridge over communication difficulties.
 

Friday, 9 September 2022

Saturday, 10 September 2022
Friday, 4 November 2022

Saturday, 5 November 2022

Workshop Content

Autism:  Understanding the Basics to Improve Support and Progress

When we develop a good understanding of what Autism means and how it presents in different children, it is so much easier to find the right strategies and support for each individual child.  This course will cover:

  • What does Autism mean?

  • What causes Autism?

  • Why is it a spectrum?

  • What difficulties do Autistic people have?

  • What is my role, as the Neurotypical adult supporting an Autistic child?

  • What skills and tools will benefit me in my role?

  • How do I identify a child's needs?

  • How many areas can I focus on at any one time?

  • How do I prioritise?

  • Which tools and strategies can I use for short term and long term impact.

  • Certificate of attendance

 

Using Visuals to Support the Autistic Child in the Classroom / Home

Visuals that are used correctly and are autistic-friendly can make an incredible difference for an autistic child.  The correct visuals help to create an environment where children can experience safety, certainty and clarity.  Visuals also help to bridge over communication difficulties and autistic adults are now voicing how beneficial visuals are for autistic children, irrelevant of their abilities and skills developed.  This course will cover:

  • How does the Autistic brain work?

  • What are the ASD difficulties?

  • Why are visuals a powerful tool to support Autistic children?

  • Will visuals have a negative impact on progress?

  • How can I use visuals in different activities, tasks and circumstances to enhance the child's ability to engage with the world around them?

  • Which visuals are good practice to have in place?

  • Which resources and tools can I use for consistency?

  • Are there visuals which can be used straight away for any child.

  • Practical opportunity to tweak visuals to suit a specific child / circumstance and get feedback.

  • Certificate of attendance and Resource pack included

 

Supporting and Developing

Emotional Regulation

 

Emotional Regulation has fast become one of the main focuses for adults who support and work with children (as parents or professionals).  Anxiety, depression and other emotional difficulties have become more prevalent which this course will address directly.

The term Autism is often linked to images and experiences of huge meltdowns / big upsets / shut downs and an inability to tolerate demands. The facts are that unfortunately many Autistic children are stressed, misunderstood and do spend too much time in (what we refer to as) the ‘red’ zone. This workshop incorporates the necessary neuroscience and psychology information to develop a good understanding of what’s going on for the autistic child and how to adapt what we’re doing to support the child effectively, both in crisis and pro-actively to avoid a crisis in the first place. The workshop will cover:

  • How does the brain develop in early childhood?

  • What has to be in place for a child's healthy brain development?

  • Why is emotional regulation so important?

  • Why is there a difference between emotional age and chronological age?

  • What happens if a child is not able to make sense of their world?

  • What does a child with emotional difficulties need most from an adult?

  • Which strategies can I use to support a child in crisis?

  • Which strategies can I teach a child to develop emotional regulation?

  • Includes certificate of attendance and resource pack

  • Includes ready-to-use activities for children.

 

The Effective Use of Social Stories to Support Autistic Children.

 

Social Stories are individualised short stories used to assist autistic children in understanding social situations by describing and explaining appropriate behaviour and providing examples of appropriate responses. Social stories are very effective because they address some of the main autistic difficulties directly - not always being able to sum up the situation, understand the other person's point of view, seeing the bigger picture, linking actions and consequences, understanding what's expected in different scenarios, etc.  This course will cover:

  • What are the difficulties associated with ASD?

  • What is narration and why is it so important for a child's development?

  • What is a social story and why is it so impactful?

  • What are the basic components of a social story?

  • How do I adapt the concept to suit different needs / circumstances / children, including the use of PECS / text / choice / reflection, etc.

  • Practical opportunity:  Use this knowledge to write a social story for a particular child / situation and receive feedback.

  • Includes Certificate of attendance and Resource pack

 

Positive Behaviour Support

 

Dealing with big and explosive behaviours on a regular basis is exhausting and rarely something that improves by itself.  As adults, we need to learn how to de-escalate situations effectively, and when we aren't able to do so, put out the fires with the least amount of harm done for all those involved.  We want to empower children to understand their own needs and give them skills and strategies to deal with their anxieties and frustration in more constructive ways.  This course will cover:  

  • What does challenging behaviour mean? 

  • Why does the behaviour challenge me? 

  • What needs lie beneath the challenging behaviour? 

  • Will it work if we try to control, manage, change the behaviours we see? 

  • What proactive strategies can we implement to support the Autistic child?

  • What de-escalation strategies / tools can I use?

  • Why is consistency and teamwork important for progress?

  • Why is correct recording, reporting and risk-assessment important to reduce challenging behaviour?

  • Includes Certificate of attendance and Resource Pack

 

Details of each course:

 

Autism Basics - an Introduction: 1hr

  • What does Autism mean?

  • What causes Autism?

  • Why is it a spectrum?

  • What difficulties do Autistic people have?

  • What does an Autistic child need most?

  • What is my role, as the Neuro-typical adult supporting an Autistic child?

  • Certificate of attendance

OR 

Autism: Understanding the basics will enhance support and progress - half-day

  • What does Autism mean?

  • What causes Autism?

  • Why is it a spectrum?

  • What difficulties do Autistic people have?

  • What is my role, as the Neurotypical adult supporting an Autistic child?

  • What skills and tools will benefit me in my role?

  • How do I identify a child's needs?

  • How many areas can I focus on at any one time?

  • How do I prioritise?

  • Which tools and strategies can I use for short term and long term impact.

  • Certificate of attendance

 

 

Autism: An Introduction to Supporting the Autistic Child in the Classroom / Home - 1hr

  • What are the ASD difficulties? (energy expenditure)

  • Why will visuals have an impact on these difficulties?

  • Will visuals have a negative impact on progress?

  • When and where can visuals be helpful?

  • A few basic visuals I can use straight away.

  • Certificate of attendance

OR

Autism: Supporting the Autistic Child in the Classroom / Home - half-day

  • How does the Autistic brain work?

  • What are the ASD difficulties?

  • Why are visuals a powerful tool to support Autistic children?

  • Will visuals have a negative impact on progress?

  • How can I use visuals in different activities, tasks and circumstances to enhance the child's ability to engage with the world around them?

  • Which visuals are good practice to have in place?

  • Which resources and tools can I use for consistency?

  • Are there visuals which can be used straight away for any child.

  • Practical opportunity to tweak visuals to suit a specific child / circumstance and get feedback.

  • Certificate of attendance

 

Autism:  An introduction to Emotional Regulation - 1hr

  • How does the brain develop in early childhood?

  • Why is emotional regulation so important?

  • Why is there a difference between emotional age and chronological age?

  • What happens if a child is not able to make sense of their world?

  • What does a child with emotional difficulties need most from an adult?

  • What tools and strategies are there to further explore?

  • Certificate of attendance

OR

Autism: The importance of Emotional Regulation - half-day

  • How does the brain develop in early childhood?

  • What has to be in place for a child's healthy brain development?

  • Why is emotional regulation so important?

  • Why is there a difference between emotional age and chronological age?

  • What happens if a child is not able to make sense of their world?

  • What does a child with emotional difficulties need most from an adult?

  • Which strategies can I use to support a child in crisis?

  • Which strategies can I teach a child to develop emotional regulation?

  • Certificate of attendance

 

 

Autism: An introduction to the Effective Use of Social Stories - 1hr

  • What difficulties are associated with ASD?

  • What is narration and why is it important for a child's development?

  • What is a social story?

  • Why are social stories so beneficial?

  • How do I write a basic social story?

  • Certificate of attendance

OR

Autism:  The Effective Use of Social Stories to support Autistic children - half-day

  • What are the difficulties associated with ASD?

  • What is narration and why is it so important for a child's development?

  • What is a social story and why is it so impactful?

  • What are the basic components of a social story?

  • How do I adapt the concept to suit different needs / circumstances / children, including the use of PECS / text / choice / reflection, etc.

  • Practical opportunity:  Use this knowledge to write a social story for a particular child / situation and receive feedback.

  • Certificate of attendance

 

Autism:  Reframing Behaviour - 1hr
 

  • Why do we need to look at Autistic behaviours differently?

  • Can we control / change / manage behaviours?

  • How do we find out what the Autistic child really needs?

  • How can we support the Autistic child to express those needs?

  • How do we help the Autistic child to connect better with themselves and others?

  • Certificate of attendance

 

OR

Autism: Positive Behaviour Support - 3hr

  • What does challenging behaviour mean? 

  • Why does the behaviour challenge me? 

  • What needs lie beneath the challenging behaviour? 

  • Will it work if we try to control, manage, change the behaviours we see? 

  • What proactive strategies can we implement to support the Autistic child?

  • What de-escalation strategies / tools can I use?

  • Why is consistency and teamwork important for progress?

  • Why is correct recording, reporting and risk-assessment important to reduce challenging behaviour?

  • Certificate of attendance

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