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Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Conditions - Level 1

Event/course Code SFVSS 21/140
Event/course type Training course
Event Introduction “Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways” (The National Autistic Society, 2016).

The number of school-age children and young people diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) continues to rise year on year. It is essential that these individuals have a positive experience of care and support. For this to be achieved practitioners need a good understanding of ASC and how to work effectively to support young people and to develop effective interventions within their role. No prior knowledge of ASC is required to access this course, this is an introductory level.

Previous delegates who have attended this course advised that the course gave them:

“A greater understanding of how to interact with and speak to children with Autism. I will be able to tailor my direct work with them which hopefully will allow me to build better relationships with them leading to better outcomes and safety for the children.”

“An understanding of how an autistic young person may view the world and the support their family may need.”

With such fantastic feedback, we suggest you hurry up and book whilst spaces are still available!
Event Content Practitioners often comment that working with a child or young person with autism can be a really rewarding and inspirational experience, but equally can often be challenging. This one day course will provide practitioners who are working with children and young people essential knowledge and understanding of ASC, along with a solid grounding for their work whether in schools, early years settings or with families at home.

This is an entry-level programme, thus no prior knowledge is required. Practitioners who are working 1:1 or directly with children/young people on the Autistic spectrum may wish to progress to ‘Working with Autistic Spectrum Conditions Level 2’ a course that will support direct work including assessments and action plans.

Delegates attending this course will explore inclusive attitudes and practice, positive behaviour systems and also various strategies and approaches that will promote positive outcomes when supporting children and young people with autism.

This course is delivered by the Educational Psychology Service. The service works collaboratively with partners, including school staff, parents, pupils and other agencies in order to generate positive outcomes for children and young people, in turn, this means they have a strong grasp of the local context. All Educational Psychologists in the service have experience of working with children and young people and have a specialist, professional qualification in educational psychology, at a master’s or doctoral level.

We hope that by the end of this course practitioners feel positive and confident in finding solutions to overcome any challenges in order to foster enjoyable and effective working relationships with the children or young person they support.

Delegates who have previously attended this training have provided the following feedback:

‘This has raised my awareness to enable me to support children with ASC in my setting. It will also be beneficial to consider when working with typical children. I also understand that every child will have differing needs and that there will always be new things to learn.’

‘It has given me the confidence to provide resources to help the child I work with. For example, making a social story, comic strip conversations to help him cope with various situations at school.’
Event Learning Outcomes On completion of this course delegates will be able to:

• Gain a general introduction to the Autistic Spectrum and an overview of Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC).
• Describe the concepts of Asperger's Syndrome and high-functioning ASC.
• Analyse inclusive attitude and practice.
• Describe and evaluate problems of communication weakness and sensory impairments and what we might do to counteract their negative effects.
• Identify strategies and other positive behaviour systems to support young people on the Autistic Spectrum.
Trainers Philippa Collyer
Course categories SEND, Inclusion and Behaviour
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0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19 yrs No 
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Tuesday 1 February 202209:30 - 16:30Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BY