This course is available as a one day introduction, or as two day, more in depth workshop giving an understanding autism and the acceptance of Autistic people.
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Autism manifests itself in a huge number of ways leading to a condition that is as individual to each autistic person as you are individually different to this author.
It is mainly public perception that has linked autism and distress. While there are some "catch all" understandings around autism, we teach that the main focus should be on very individualised approaches that support, care for and enable people.
Autism has no physical signs, but affects the way individuals perceive and interact with the world. Neurotypical people can have difficulty with acceptance and understanding the differences an autistic person experiences. As more than 700,000 people in the UK thought of as having autism, a general understanding of the differences is essential.
We use the term Autistic Person as research suggests it is preferred by autistic people themselves.
The term ‘autistic’ was endorsed by a large percentage of autistic adults, family members/friends and parents, but by considerably fewer professionals; ‘person with autism’ was endorsed by almost half of professionals, but by fewer autistic adults and parents.
The following is a just a 'peek' at the content of the day.
Participants will get an overview of the characteristics of autism and care planning for the individuals they support.
Participants will -
Autism is not a single condition; it is a spectrum of conditions.
These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees by difficulties, or differences, from neurotypical people, in:
Therefore, as autism is a ‘spectrum’ there are huge variations in the manner in which it manifests and the behaviours that are experienced by autistic people in distress.
Sensory differences and difficulties are common and vary widely and people with autism can experience differences in thinking, perception and learning styles. All of the above can be factors in an individual's ability to self regulate; this can lead to individual distress. However, autism and distress do not automatically go together.
With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged under the one umbrella diagnosis of ‘Autistic Spectrum Disorder’. Previously, they were recognised as distinct sub-types, including:
In the UK, ICD-11 is mainly used for diagnosis which still has the separate diagnoses.
This course was invaluable and just what we needed to raise morale and self-esteem at such a difficult, critical time in 2020.
The course was deemed ‘enlightening, thought provoking and a tonic’ and reinforced a team building approach. Staff felt it was an ‘eye opener’ to witness how other staff were feeling when they were feeding back anonymously about their feelings, emotions and experiences and felt that they were not alone.
Staff took time to focus on their positive and supportive reactions to pupils and staff who were in distress or needed support and assistance and will apply these strategies to themselves. A very positive camaraderie and renewed team building approach has resulted from this course.
We have worked with Des on other sessions and projects and he never fails to enthuse, engage, challenge and support staff. Thanks so much, an excellent experience again.
Your thought process changes after the workshop. Very helpful
Interesting, informative, relevant and inspiring.
It was very interesting and was good to catch up/recap on somethings. very useful
Loved the course, kept waiting for you to shout , look forward to seeing you in person again.
It was really good to get an understanding of the effect of reinforcement (positive and negative) and the impact of immediate against future.
Interesting and beneficial as a reminder and reinforcer. I was able to relate the strategies to my work and some to home. I take from the course different ideas and a continually changing and developing mindset.
I felt the workshop was interesting and built on the experiences of previous training. The content revisiting Attachment theory was particularly useful to me as I have just started working with a very vulnerable young pupil for whom perception regarding acceptance and rejection is particularly difficult.
Lots of information given today and I found it very interesting, especially the parts about the advisor. That will help me in my own personal experiences in future as well as passing it on to others I work with.
This was a fascinating course. The presentation was very engaging, I liked the anonymous answers we could provide through menti. It supported me to contribute. The ideas and concepts presented will support me personally and the students and staff I work with. Thank you Des.
Some really helpful content, Putting on the break, naming your inner voice, positive and negative reinforcement clarified. A really interesting day- Where were you when I had my nervous breakdown? It would be good to learn this stuff academically rather than by bitter experience. This should be standard teaching on a PGCE .
very good presentation and information. I learned a lot that I didn't know before.
always inspiring and beneficial to me
Fantastic course, very interesting and well presented. Excellent strategies to use in the workplace for children and staff
The pro social Ebola was very inspiring. Some good reading about how we react and finding a tool that works even though you may need to adapt that tool. Building upon relationships and developing positive ones.
Excellent course, really informative and thought provoking...
Another really valuable training course to put to good use both in a work environment and personally. Brilliantly delivered, as always. Reminded me that we all have the ability to create a better environment, mentally and emotionally for ourselves and others. Des gives us the tools in which to achieve that. It's a gentle, caring approach with huge impact. Always leave feeling much better equipped to cope with the vast array of situations we can all find ourselves in.
Excellent course, very privileged to be able to experience this.
Des is a great teacher. I always find his courses really useful and the information/ theories he gives are very beneficial and are really helpful, both personally and in the workplace.
Really enjoyed the course as always.
Very interesting, looking forward to when we can do hands on training
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