Autism Awareness Workshop
Date: Tuesday 12th of July 2022
Times: 09.30am – 16.00pm
Venue: Redmond Community Centre, Kayani Avenue, Woodberry Down, London, N4 2HF Nearest Train Station: Manor House.
Provisions: Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided. Lunch is not provided but there will be a lunch break and there are plenty of shops and cafés nearby. There is also a microwave.
Aims, Topics & Outcome
- To discuss what is autism by discussing facts, myths and opinions.
- To distinguish the differences between autism, learning disabilities and behaviours that challenge.
- To discuss what the word autism actually means and why we use it.
- To give some insight into autistic characteristics that lead to diagnosis and individual way of being.
- To use a range of teaching methods including, but not limited to, lecture talk, short video clips, multiple choice, case studies and small group work.
- What is autism and when was autism first discovered? And what is/was Asperger Syndrome?
- What are the causes of autism and are there any known cures?
- What is the ‘autism spectrum’, and how best to see it as an idiosyncratic and moving spherical spectrum as opposed to a fixed linear spectrum, while incorporating what is a ‘spikey profile’, and the dangers of using ‘high’ and ‘low’ functioning labels.
- Who does autism affect more male or females? And why is it under diagnosed in women and why do statistics lean more towards male prevalence?
- What are the characteristics that mean someone is autistic?
- Communication differences and struggles
- Social Interaction differences and struggles
- Flexibility of thought differences and struggles (incorporates ‘Rituals, routines, repetitive behaviours, and special interests’ plus the preference for predictability, structure and consistency)
- Preferences and struggles with ‘attention’ (includes monotropism).
- Sensory perception differences (5 senses plus vestibular, proprioception and interception) and self-stimulatory behaviours.
- How the above factors lead to ‘autistic stress/anxiety’ and comorbidity of mental health conditions (covered more in specialist autism training).
- World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD)
- Autism Act
- Overloads/meltdowns and shutdowns/catatonia.
- Introduction to SPELL
Learning Outcomes - by the end of the course participants will be able to:
- Understanding of what is autism, and how to respect ‘autistic culture’ and people’s individual way of being.
- Understand the importance of clear communication strategies needed when supporting someone with autism, including the importance of clear communication and in the client’s language.
- Understand the importance of consistency and structure based strategies needed when supporting someone with autism.
- Understand flexibility of thought differences, and how this impacts someone with autism.
- Have some insight into the difference between autism, learning disabilities and behaviours that challenge.
- Understand ‘autistic stress’ and how we can recognise and support stress reduction via empathetic practice.
- Identify areas needed for personal growth and areas of weakness
- Commit to learning more about autism and attending the next autism course
Delegates who have been with us for more than 1 year will receive a CPD certificate for the course* after successful completion. The certificate is valid for two years, after which time delegates will need to attend again as a refresher. *terms and conditions apply: please see our Training Policy