This highly interactive teacher training course provides a solid introduction to the challenges of autism in education. The course covers a broad span of ideas and activities to enliven lessons and make them more motivating, and places a strong emphasis on developing practical skills and outcomes for the classroom. The course is useful for both those with some experience of ASD and those new to the condition. Key topics will be addressed, including characteristics and diagnostic criteria, a structured approach to teaching, recognising different types of discriminatory or exclusive behaviour, and understanding the causes of challenging behaviours, with the aim of developing a range of best practices. Included is an optional team-building activity.
After registration, participants on this course programme will receive:
At the end of the course, you will:
In the unlikely event of a course not recruiting sufficient numbers you would be offered an alternative.
|Week 1||Session One||Session Two||Session Three
|MONDAY ||Introductions English language refresher (Useful Vocabulary)||Special needs and learning difficulties (Autism): Characteristics and diagnostic criteria of Autism Spectrum Conditions ||Special needs and learning difficulties (Asperger’s):
Key considerations and approaches for teaching students with Asperger’s syndrome and supporting them and their parents
|TUESDAY||What is autism? A scientific approach Autism friendly games and activities||What is autism? A cognitive approach. Issues you may face in the classroom.||Methodology, mini- teaching practice, reflection and discussion|
|WEDNESDAY ||What is autism? A behavioural approach
Autism friendly games and activities ||Key methodologies for teaching students with autism and supporting them and their parents ||Preparation for school visit / guest speaker:
What will you ask? What do you want to know? What will you tell them about your teaching context in your own culture?
|THURSDAY||School visit or Guest speaker on key methodologies and local projects |
Debrief, discussion and key learnings (following guest speaker/school visit session)
|Free time / self- study|
|FRIDAY ||Special needs and learning difficulties: Managing Meltdowns ||Group work: Presentations Input: setting goals for personal and institutional improvement Creating a personal action plan for the future ||Review of the week:
Individual work: “A letter to myself – where I want to be in the future”
Next steps: resources and action plan