This course expolres the autism spectrum and how it can impact an individual's life. There are many myths and half-truths surrounding autism and we aim to pick these apart and provide participants with a succinct knowledge of the most up-to-date thinking around this condition. This is an introductory/foundation level course on autism and proves very useful for a wide vartiety of professionals and support level staff.
The course structure is as follows:
- Autism myths, errors and facts
- The history of the term 'autism'
- Autism as a spectrum condition
- Autism and x's and o's
-Theories around the cause of autism
- Triad of impairment
- Theory of mind
- Caetaexia (context blindness)
- Neurological difference theory
- When autism is an advantage
- Sensory issues and autism
- Hypo v hyper sensitivity
- Sensory overload
- Sensory issues and perception
- Autism: What we know and what we don't know
- Autism: the quest for predicability
- Schedules and routines
- Should schedules be set in stone?
- How do we communicate?
- Differences in communciation and autism
- How can we improve the communication process?
- Conducive states
- Conducive states and autism
- Autism and transitions
- How do neurotypical people deal with transition?
- What can we do to smooth transitions?
- Autism and girls
- Is the 4:1 gap valid?
- Are there girls slipping through the net?
A more in-depth training course for experienced staff is available on request