Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness Training / Workshop

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.

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1362361315588200

The following is a just a 'peek' at the content of the day.

Aim

Participants will get an overview of the characteristics of autism and care planning for the individuals they support.

Objectives

Participants will -

  • understand how their own thinking and processing may differ from an individual on the autistic spectrum
  • accept that their own lives have elements other people would find obsessive / ritualistic
  • understand the need for sensory assessments
  • understand that the individual’s sensory profile may highlight and inform how their needs should be taken into account during care planning and positive behaviour support
  • understand how to take into account the differences in the autistic experience when writing plans

Overview

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:

  • social interaction
  • verbal and nonverbal communication
  • repetitive behaviours

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.

Diagnostics

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:

  • Autistic disorder
  • Childhood disintegrative disorder
  • Pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS)
  • Asperger syndrome

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.

Head Teacher

I found the course to be excellent. It really touched a nerve with me and I will definitely be trying some of the techniques. I really enjoy the courses Des runs and hope to attend more in the future.

ASC Teacher

This was a great course that was very thought-provoking and helped me think about myself and others in a different way. It was clear how the course content applied to my work situation.

Teacher

It was great to reinforce the philosophies that we have looked at with Des before.

Teacher

Very interesting, such a big world around behaviour that I don't know, but would like to. Defiantly have some more tools to help me and my way of thinking. Thank you.

Teaching Assistant

Very interesting and informative. Makes you think more about things you take for granted.

Admin Manager

The course has a varied and interesting content that can be applied to a range of life situations to support yourself and others.

Teaching Assistant

I always enjoy the D8 sessions, they teach us so much. This time because of Covid-19 it was different, we had videos to watch before hand and I found that very helpful. They were mainly self-help videos on how to manage stress, I would recomend these to everyone struggling with stress. I look forward to getting back to normal and doing the practical training sessions again, the ones that change how you deal with any issue before it gets to a piont that it can't be dealt with.

Teaching Assistant

Great course content and delivery as I've come to expect from Des, very knowledgeable and expertly delivered considering the current climate (covid)

Teaching Assistant

Very emotional and informative as always..Des managed to deliver the session over zoom and kept the attention of all the staff..Well done des

Teaching Assistant

I really enjoyed the course, lots to learn and take in

Teaching Assistant

Very informative course and refreshed my understanding on the ethos

Teaching Assistant

Very informative and interesting workshop, I have learned a lot and would recommend it.

Teaching Assistant

Great to see Des again. I enjoyed all the new information and felt it was informative and relevant. Nice to have a recap on past information as well.

Teaching Assistant

Very informative course, well presented. Enjoyed the attachments on the worksheet at the end of the course also. Thank you.

Teaching Assistant

A very good workshop! Not only the presentation but the links to the different videos and websites were very interesting.

Teaching Assistant

The course was interesting, with the right amount of balance of listening and questions.

Teaching Assistant

The course is always presented really well and because of the interaction your kept on your toes.

Teaching Assistant Level 3

Good information and interventions for the role I’m in

Teaching Assistant

Great information as usual , found afterbreak session hard to process, needed more time and would have prefered face to face course, but thats the world we are in.

Teaching Assistant

I found the course very interesting , Des was very engaging and was a good refresher course that I feel like I needed.

Teaching Assistant
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