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Middletown Centre for Autism
5 Week Training Programme
Autism and the Special School 
Programme Content:

1. Autism and the Special School, Communication and Motivation. 
2. Autism and the Special School, Relationships and Sexuality Education. 
3. Autism and the Special School, Anxiety and Promotion of Positive Behaviour.
4. Autism, the Special School and Sensory Processing. 
5. Autism and the Special School, Developing Social and Leisure Activities.


This five-week programme has been designed for parents, family members and education professionals living and working with autistic children and young people in a Special School setting. 

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Autism and the Special School, Communication and Motivation.

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Autism, Communication and Motivation for Students in the Special School

For autistic children and young people with learning difficulties, the difficulties relating to communication can often be magnified. Many autistic children and young people have significant difficulties with speaking, language, and communication.
This session will examine why students experience difficulty not only with communication but also the motivation to communicate thus impinging on them becoming socially active partners. Understanding communication is as difficult as using language to express needs, wants or offer commentary. Autistic students are more likely to be successful communicators in environments that are designed to encourage and support their efforts. 
For the student to initiate effective communication, two conditions should be met.
1.    The student must see a reason to communicate (Why). 
This is encouraged by using motivating materials and activities combined with creating situations in which he or she must communicate to make something happen. 
2.    The student must have a means to communicate (How). 
The student may need to be taught the communicative behaviour needed, and visual supports for such communication will need to be available.

Expected Outcomes
Participants will: 
•    Understand the various modes of communication used by students with learning difficulties.
•    Recognise that visual supports, as tools of communication with and for students, are critically important.
•    Understand the need to differentiate the visual support to meet specific needs in definite areas thus helping the student to understand you and develop his or her expressive means.
•    Understand how to use engagement as the starting point for communication.
•    Recognise various forms of communication and use of a variety of communicative tools.
•    Gain ideas for making meaningful communications with the student, even those who are largely non-verbal.
•    Look at the importance of motivation to learning and life.
•    Gain practical strategies and ideas for maximising the student’s motivation to learn and participate in social life.

Course Overview 
•    A look at verbal and non-verbal methods of communication.
•    Looking at novel approaches to communication such as intensive interaction and using technology to promote communication.
•    What is motivation and why is it important? 
•    How do we motivate autistic students with learning difficulties? 
•    Ideas for promoting greater engagement and motivation to participate in the wider social world.

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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.

Autism and the Special School, Developing Social and Leisure Activities.

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Autism and the Special School, Developing Social and Leisure Activities

This course looks at developing play, social and leisure skills for autistic children and young people with learning difficulties. It looks at how to enable children and young people to make active choices in how they spend their free time, at the specific teaching strategies to enable understanding of the social rules of recreational activities and at involving students with learning difficulties into the wider learning community. 
This can range from something as simple as being able to watch a DVD for ten minutes while a parent makes a phone call, a teacher works with another student, to more complex skills like turn taking, sharing, waiting, making positive choices, and communicating personal preferences.

Expected Outcomes
Participants will: 
•    Gain an understanding of the importance of developing social and leisure skills for independence, personal well-being and for extra-curricular life.
•    Identify strategies to promote choice making, access to leisure facilities in the community, and teaching points for practicing the small steps towards the over-arching skills required to engage in social and leisure activities.

Overview: 
•    What do we mean by social and leisure choices? 
•    Why are they important?
•    How can we identify student preferences and allow for meaningful communication of these?
•    What strategies can we use to teach children and young people with learning difficulties how to engage in social and leisure activities appropriately, and with increasing independence?

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Edel Quinn

Edel Quinn

Edel Quinn is an Autism Trainer/Advisor in Middletown Centre for Autism. Before taking up this post, Edel worked in the National Health Service Northern Ireland (NHS), developing and delivering home programmes for children and young people with autism, and their families. Edel holds a Psychology degree and an MSc in Autism from Queen’s University, Belfast and a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Edel's main specialisms are in early intervention and delivering training in the implementation of visual strategies and positive behaviour. Edel is a certified TEACCH Trainer with Division TEACCH North Carolina. Edel has developed and delivered anxiety trainings and anxiety research projects to parents and professionals across Ireland. She has delivered at Autism and Mental Health Conference, NAS and the Autism Congress. Edel is an associate lecturer on the Post Graduate Autism Certificate with Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Edel is working towards accreditation with BACP as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist.

Autism, the Special School and Sensory Processing

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Autism, the Special School and Sensory Processing

Many autistic children and young people have differences in how they process the sensory stimuli in the world around them. A child or young person who presents with additional learning needs may experience more challenges with how the or she perceives and responds to sensory input. This course is designed to look specifically at the sensory processing needs of autistic children and young people with other complex learning needs, such as communication difficulties, physical or sensory difficulties, attention difficulties and medical needs.
Expected Outcomes
Participants will: 
•    Gain an understanding of the concept of sensory processing and how this relates to participation in daily activities.
•    Understand how sensory processing differences can affect the child or young person at home, in school and in other settings.
•    Understand the importance of identifying the potential sensory function of a behaviour.
•    Gain knowledge about intervention strategies, which can address the sensory processing needs of the children and young people with additional and complex learning needs at home, in school and in other settings.

Overview: 
•    Introduction to sensory processing.
•    The sensory processing differences, which may be experienced by a child or young with additional and complex learning needs.
•    The impact of these sensory processing differences on participation in daily activities
•    Identifying the sensory functions of some behaviours.
•    Strategies to support sensory processing needs of the child or young person with additional and complex learning needs.

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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 autistic students.

Autism and the Special School, Relationships and Sexuality Education

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Autism and the Special School: Relationships and Sexuality Education

This session will examine the impact of puberty on autistic young people with co-existing learning difficulties. Delegates will be shown how to incorporate behavioural and visual support strategies aimed at preparing and supporting the autistic adolescent with reduced verbal and or reading skills for the changes that occur during this life stage. The training will provide practical strategies for developing an appropriate and accessible Relationships and Sexuality Education curriculum for autistic students with a learning difficulty.

Expected Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Understand the impact of puberty and the adolescent years on young autistic people with a learning difficulty.
  • Learn some strategies involving behavioural and visual supports effective for preparing and supporting the autistic young person with pre-verbal communication and emerging literacy skills during this life stage.
  • Explore content for the development and delivery of relationship and sexuality education to autistic students attending a special school and in the home setting.

 

Overview:

  • Puberty, autism, and learning difficulty. How does puberty affect the autistic student with a learning difficulty?
  • How to prepare the autistic student with a learning difficulty for the changes (e.g., physical, biological, hormonal, and emotional) that occur during this stage of life.
  • Explore some content and resources effective for developing and delivering relationship and sexuality education as a core part of the school curriculum to autistic students attending a special school
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Majella Nugent

Majella Nugent

Majella Nugent is an Autism Trainer/Advisor in Middletown Centre for Autism. Majella has experience teaching and supporting children and young people with autism in schools. Majella’s experiences include Pre-school, Mainstream Primary and Post-Primary and Special Schools across Ireland. Majella also has experience teaching autistic students in Further Education. She has lectured and assessed modules on the Early Childhood Foundation Degree and the Level Three Autism qualification, as professional development for parents and professionals. Majella’s training specialism is Relationship and Sexuality Education, Transitions and Special Education Needs. Majella has contributed to the development of the curriculum as a Professional Associate with CCEA for learners with MLD and co-ordinated specialist trainings including Transition to Higher Education (Ulster University and Trinity College Dublin), 16+ Education and Employment, and Sibling trainings. Majella is an Associate Lecturer on the Post Graduate Certificate with Mary Immaculate College Limerick.

Autism and the Special School, Anxiety and Promotion of Positive Behaviour.

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Autism and the Special School, Anxiety Management, and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour

Autistic students experience anxiety in many situations, with some experiencing significant anxiety difficulties. For many, school is a major source of stress. Everyone shows their anxiety in individual ways, so the most reliable observations that a student is anxious are going to be made by the people who know the student best. This shows the importance of working closely not only within the family structure, but also with the school staff.
This session is an introduction to strategies that can be used to alleviate the experience of anxiety in autistic students. This will include an introduction to cognitively based strategies and how to develop student centred strategies to deal with anxiety. 

Expected Outcomes
Participants will:
•    Understand how anxiety can escalate and may result in an emotional response
•    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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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.