Autism Spectrum Conditions ( ASC ASD)

Improving support for staff, students, learners, pupils & employees

Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger Syndrome, may affect as many as 1% of the population. Most organisations make provision for assessing and supporting individuals who have been diagnosed previously but many of those with ASD find ways and means to deal with the challenges it presents and consequently their condition often goes undiagnosed. Consequently those with such conditions are far too frequently left undiagnosed and spend much of their formative and educational life being bullied and misunderstood, often underachieving even though their actual intelligence and IQ levels may be considerably above average.

There are also several myths about Autism/ASD which further confuse and mislead matters.

Consequently there are many students who benefit when their teachers, trainers and support teams have a good understanding of ASD and the approaches that make learning easier for them.

Couple the above many staff, especially those new to teaching or with minimal recent involvement with autism, still struggle to understand Autism and ASD, what it means, what it looks like and what effective/reasonable adjustments may be needed to maximise learning and progression.

This means that Autism/ASD training is an essential and annual CPD requirement.

This fast-paced, intensive, but fun, workshop addresses these myths and provides a solid understanding of ASD; including indicators and implications. Most importantly it provides a range of easy to implement ideas, suggestions and strategies that organisations and individuals can adopt to enable those with Autism/ASD to maximise their potential and efficiency.

For Whom

This workshop is designed, primarily, for representatives from educational and employers. It will be of considerable use to all those who are involved in teaching, training and supporting or working with those with autism, including but not exclusively:

• Schools, Colleges, Learning Providers, Playgroups and Youth Clubs
• Employers, Charities, Local Authorities
• Operational Managers, including Quality, IAG, Student Services, SLDD
• Heads of Department and Year
• Teachers, Lecturers, Trainers, Assessors, Learning Support Teams
• Employer Representatives

Aims and Objectives

The aims of this course are to:

• Explain the features/symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders including Asperger syndrome
• Understand the implications of these in the classroom
• Provide advice and guidance on ways to identify those on the spectrum who have not yet had a diagnosis
• Consider suitable classroom management techniques
• Provide advice on liaison and pastoral strategies
• Advise on preparing students for educational progression and beyond
• Aid inclusiveness and conformity with the Special Needs Discrimination Act

Content

The workshop is broken down into 7 distinct but related sections:

1. Understanding the autism spectrum

  • What is the autism spectrum?
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Language difficulties
  • Social development
  • Cognitive differences

2. Identifying autism spectrum disorders

3. The classroom and pastoral implications

  • Academic work
  • Vocational Work
  • Examinations
  • Plus points
  • Teachers, trainers, assessors and employers
  • Pastoral staff

4. The rage cycle

  • The rumbling stage and how to prevent it
  • The rage stage and how to cope with it
  • The recovery stage

5. Getting into the Asperger mind

6. Strategies to improve success and achievement

  • In the classroom
  • For the SENCO or learning support coordinator
  • Pastorally

7. Life after school/college/sixth form

  • Making the right choice and what to do next
  • Supported living
  • Employment options
  • University
  • Choosing the right course
  • The UCAS form
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Living at university