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Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders – Methods and Techniques

The course methodology will ensure the active involvement of the participants in all phases, that is, prior, during and after the delivery of the course. More specifically, upon confirmation that the course will take place, the participants will receive preparatory material (if needed), which will cover all important concepts to be presented during the delivery of the course.

The methodology of the training is based on a combination of three important elements:

Provision of knowledge required (theory)
Use of training tools, such as case studies, videos, games, animations & exercises (practice – hands on experience)
Feedback/reflection (review)

BENEFITS TO PARTICIPANTS – SKILLS & COMPETENCES

The course is ideal for school principals, teachers of primary and secondary education, educational & clinical psychologists and parents who wish to gain in depth understanding of Autism and capability to identify the key characteristics associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

By the end of the course, participants will have acquired capabilities to:
Understand Autism and be able to comprehend the world from the point of view of the Autistic Individual

Identify the key characteristics associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Learn to identify the causes behind behaviours
Understand and Manage Behavioural risk assessment
Learn positive and practical strategies for intervention and opportunities for inclusion

Monday – introduction – What is Autism ?

– Autism Facts and Myths
– The Autism Spectrum – Kanners and Asperger
– Causation – co morbidity with other conditions
– Introduction to Social Communication, Social Interaction, Social Imagination difficulties
– Introduction to Ritualistic and Obsessive behaviours
– The impact of Anxiety, using ABA: Applied BehaviorAnalysis
– The Attributes of Autism

Tuesday – Autism and the Sensory World

– Sensory impacts on Autism, and resulting behaviours.
– Ergotherapy
– Identify the senses – Exercise.
– Introducing EIBI: Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention,
– Managing the Sensory Environment to reduce behaviours
– Introduction of the techniques for identifying and managing behaviours.

Wednesday – Managing Communication through Visual Structure

– The importance of visual communication
– Structured approaches, TEACCH (Treatment and Education ofAutistic and Related Communication Handicapped)
– Managing and structuring the Environment
– Structured communication systems – examples
– Using activity schedules in classroom.
– Using Script-Fading Procedures To Teach Children With Autism To Initiate During Free Play

Thursday – Coping with Challenging Behaviours – an introduction.

– What is challenging behaviour? – Different forms of challenge.
– Our responses to challenging behaviour
– Analysing the reasons behind behaviours – triggers and techniques
– Rituals and Obsessions – distract and divert techniques
– Can’t or Won’t – Putting context to behaviour
– Prevention & Introduction to Social Stories
– Identifying and Managing Risk – recording.

Friday – Case Studies & Reflections

Going forward – Practical guide to Positive understanding and Approaches
Practical session, Case studies – Identify Behaviours and develop Positive interventions.
Practical session – Case studies – using resources provided, design and make structured approach tools to take away.

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