Autism in the classroom - What is autism? Sensory processing in autism. Anxiety in autism. The impact of autism on the individual including how sensory overload impacts learning. Effective support in the classroom. Auditing the learning environment to enable successful learning. Learning strengths of the students with autism.
Behaviour that challenges in the classroom - Why students might display behaviours that challenge. Our beliefs, values and attitudes and how they impact on our reactions. How to reduce and manage behaviours that challenge.
Getting ready to learn - how to teach the skills that enable children to be ready to learn. Skills such as sitting to a table, waiting, turn-taking, listening and processing are all skills that are essential to learning in school. Knowing and understanding pupils learning style is vital to effective planning and use of support and resources.
Learning difficulties in the classroom and information processing - strategies, resources and what it all means for the teacher and students. Ways of adapting your practice and making changes to your classroom environment to effectively support pupils with learning difficulties. Considering the learning strengths of your pupils.
Organising classroom environments - using lesson plans to outline the needs of the students, creating the classroom schedule, setting up the physical environment, organising materials and visual supports. Depending on the time allocated participants can work as teams to design an outline of their classroom schedule and environment during the training.
Using visual aids to encourage independence and reduce behaviours that challenge - The workshop includes discussion and instruction on the functions of visual aids and how to develop and use independent work systems. Ideas for how to choose and create visual aids to address common issues. Guidelines for when and how to fade visual aids.
Positive behaviour support -workshops that support understanding the functions of behaviours that challenge; completing functional behaviour analysis and developing behaviour support plans. Teams can bring assessment information and work together to develop a behaviour support plan with coaching as part of this workshop.
Social skills and autism - focused on understanding the social skill differences of individuals on the autism spectrum. This is particularly relevant for staff supporting students in mainstream schools who will need additional assistance and support to use their education to lead productive lives after school. The workshop gives an overview of the social differences and their connection with challenging behaviours. In addition to a discussion of strategies this workshop also addresses ways to make school models work for students with significant social difficulties.
Sessions can be customised to the groups needs or new topics can be developed as needed. Standard workshops typically include lecture and discussion-based presentations with a 'make and take' or practice opportunities as appropriate for the topic.