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Middletown Centre for Autism
5 Week Joint Event Training Programme
Autism and the Primary School
Programme Content:
1. Autism and Social Communication
2. Autism, Learning Style and the Impact of Visual Teaching Methods
3. Autism and Sensory Processing
4. Autism and Anxiety Management
5.  Autism and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour

This five-week programme has been designed for parents, family members and education professionals living and working with Primary aged children with autism 
Please check the Centre’s website for details. www.middletownautism.com 
 

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Autism and Social Communication

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Autism and Social Communication.
Social communication is a multi-faceted, complex interaction involving mastery in many of the following,
• Understanding non-verbal cues  
• Command of tone of voice  
• Command of facial expressions  
• Understanding different purposes of conversation  
• Sense of humour  
• Familiarity with social courtesies  
• Making the abstract concrete  
• Visual structure and predictable routines  
• Activities that provide support for language abilities  
• Interactions that provide focus on peers and self-awareness  
• Generalisations.  
Therefore, social communication can be challenging for many children with autism. Many wish to be socially interactive, make friends and form relationships, be included within the family home, classroom and wider community, but find it difficult because of the many social conventions needed to achieve effective communication.
Autistic children experiencing such difficulties, may find it hard to understand the messages being given, such as the meaning we put into our voice, the expressions on our faces, and gestures such as waving, pointing or shrugging
Expected Outcomes
Participants will have an increased understanding of
• How social communication is defined. 
• The social communication difficulties are experienced by those with autism 
• Best practices in supporting the child in the classroom, family home and wider community
• The importance of visual information as it remains available long enough to enable the child to focus on it or return to it as needed to establish memory for the message it is communicating. Visual tools provide a non-transient foundation for more effective communication. 
• How to use the strengths of the child with autism to help him or her communicate effectively.

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Frances O'Neill

Frances O'Neill

Frances O’Neill is an Autism Trainer/Advisor in Middletown Centre for Autism. Frances has worked in Special, Post Primary and Further Education settings. She holds Post Graduate Certificates and Diplomas in Education and an MSc in Autism.

Autism, Learning Style and the Impact of Visual Teaching Methods

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Autism, Learning Style and the Impact of Visual Teaching Methods
Visual strategies are widely used when working and living with children and young people with autism as they:
• Complement the learning style of many with autism.
• Can be introduced alongside other intervention strategies. 
• Are adaptable, portable and can be used in most situations. 
The use of visual strategies can have a notable impact on how a child with autism experiences family, community and school life, as they help to clarify expectations and make abstract concepts more concrete. Visual strategies support children as they develop effective communication, appropriate social interaction, and positive behaviour skills, as well as accessing the curriculum.
This session will cover why visual teaching methods work. Parents, family members and education staff will become more familiar with how their input will reflect a sound evidence base and be more able to adapt the home, community and school environments and individualised tasks to meet the needs of the child, in order, to enhance learning, play or leisure skills and social interactions. 
Expected Outcomes
Participants will: 
• Understand the importance of visual teaching methods in autism.
• Understand how visuals will improve the learning of the child and their experience in the family home, community life and school.
• Develop some visual strategies that can be used to support the child
Course Overview
• Why visuals work for children with autism.
• Using visuals in the family home, community,  school and individual classrooms
• How to develop visuals and implement visual strategies.

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Carolyn Frazer

Carolyn Frazer

Carolyn Frazer is an Autism Intervention Specialist in Middletown Centre for Autism, formerly employed in Ashfield Girls High School, Belfast, where she supported children and young people with autism to access the curriculum. She coordinated and supported the delivery of social skills groups designed to develop the social and communication skills of pupils with autism within Post Primary mainstream education. She qualified in Speech and Language Therapy and has a Master’s degree in Psychology.

Autism and Sensory Processing

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Autism and Sensory Processing
Sensory processing refers to the ability of a child to register, interpret and respond to sensory information. This is a complex process involving all the sensory systems, auditory, gustatory, visual, olfactory, tactile, proprioceptive, vestibular, and interoception. When sensory processing is working well, a child can engage in daily functional activities and social interaction. Sensory processing differences are prevalent in autistic children and can affect every aspect of life and development.
This session examines the sensory processing differences frequently associated with autism and will demonstrate how such differences impact on learning, play, social interactions and behaviour for the primary school aged child.
Expected Outcomes
Participants will: 
• Develop an understanding of the sensory processing differences in autism.
• Understand how sensory processing differences can affect the child’s experience at home, the classroom and in other settings.
• Understand how sensory processing differences can influence the child’s participation in daily activities.
• Develop an understanding of general intervention strategies to accommodate sensory processing differences in daily activities at home, school and beyond.
Course Overview
• Sensory processing differences in autism.
• How sensory processing differences can present in an autistic child
• How sensory processing differences can affect the child’s participation in daily activities.
• Intervention strategies to address sensory processing differences at home, school and in other settings.

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Jill Mc Canney

Jill McCanney is an Autism Trainer/Advisor and Autism Specialist Occupational Therapist in Middletown Centre for Autism. She has Postgraduate qualifications in Sensory Integration, including SIPT registration, and has been a tutor on the Sensory Integration MSc course. She also holds a Master’s in Clinical Research. Jill worked in Special Schools for over seven years prior to commencement of her current post. She has extensive experience in the assessment of sensory motor difficulties and in the development and provision of intervention programmes for students with autism.

Autism and Anxiety Management

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Autism and Anxiety Management
Primary aged autistic children experience anxiety in many situations, with some experiencing significant anxiety difficulties. For many, school is a major source of stress. 
This session is an introduction to strategies that can be used to alleviate the experience of anxiety. 
This will include 
• An introduction to cognitively based strategies 
• How to develop child centred strategies to deal with anxiety.
Expected Outcomes
Participants will: 
• Understand how the difficulties experienced, including sensory difficulties, can contribute to the development of anxiety.
• Understand how anxiety can escalate and may result in an outburst.
• Develop some simple strategies to prevent the escalation of anxiety.
• Understand the basics of cognitively based management approaches.
Course Overview
• Anxiety triggers and build up.
• “On the spot” anxiety management strategies.
• Developing a “stress kit”.
• Cognitively based approaches and the emotional toolkit

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Carolyn Frazer

Carolyn Frazer

Carolyn Frazer is an Autism Intervention Specialist in Middletown Centre for Autism, formerly employed in Ashfield Girls High School, Belfast, where she supported children and young people with autism to access the curriculum. She coordinated and supported the delivery of social skills groups designed to develop the social and communication skills of pupils with autism within Post Primary mainstream education. She qualified in Speech and Language Therapy and has a Master’s degree in Psychology.

Autism and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour

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Autism and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour
Autistic children can experience elevated levels of anxiety and stress often resulting in distressed behaviours. This session will examine how an understanding of autism can influence interactions and thus the behaviour of children and challenge the term, “Challenging Behaviour” replacing it with "behaviours of concern" or "behaviours that challenge".
Expected Outcomes
Participants will: 
• Understand reasons for what we see as inappropriate behaviour
• Learn practical strategies for recognising early warning signs and making positive interventions
• Recognise the “Rumbling, Raging and Recovery” aspects of behaviour 
• Understand the behaviour and anxiety bank account
Course Overview 
• Clarity of information, including expectations and procedures.
• Consistency: A healthy, strong home school partnership is vital.
• Common sense: Remembering that sometimes the most effective is also the most straightforward and easiest.
• Continuation: Keeping the teaching and the positive supports in place to continue to help the child to develop effective life skills

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Dee Hogan

Dee Hogan

Dee Hogan is an Autism Trainer/Advisor in Middletown Centre for Autism. Dee has extensive experience teaching and supporting children and young people with autism. Her experiences include Pre-school, Early Intervention ASD Classes,S Primary ASD Classes, Mainstream Primary and Special Schools. She has written, lectured and assessed modules on the Special Needs Assistant and Level Four Autism qualification, as professional development for parents and professionals. Dee has also worked as a part time Lecturer with University College Cork designing and delivering the Diploma in Autism Studies as well as providing training for teachers, third level students, parents and professionals. Dee’s training specialism is Promoting Positive Behaviour, Early Intervention, Classroom Strategies, and Transitions. Dee holds a MEd in Special Education Autism from the University of Birmingham.