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Autism, The Facts and How to Help

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Autism the Facts & How to Help 

This training session will explain what autism is and consider the impact of autism on a child’s daily life and development. This session is the foundation for understanding the differences in communication, often heightened anxiety, and difficulties with sensory processing. 

Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of: 

How autistic children perceive their world, think and learn. 

The difficulties faced by some autistic children in learning, interaction, and communication. 

Some strategies that may benefit when engaging with, supporting, and teaching autistic

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Deborah Hutchinson

Deborah Hutchinson

Deborah Hutchinson is a Specialist Teacher in Middletown Centre for Autism. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Master's degree in Research. Deborah gained experience teaching and supporting autistic children and young people in Primary, Post Primary and Learning Support Classes across Northern Ireland, prior to commencement of her current post.

Autism, Learning Styles and Visual Methodologies

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Autism, Learning Styles & Visual Methodologies 

The premise of this training session is to increase parental awareness of how their child may perceive, think, and learn, while recognising the autistic child as a predominantly visual learner and supporting the use of visual teaching strategies to assist them across settings.   

Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of:  

The importance of visual teaching methods and how they can complement the child's learning style. 

How visual supports can improve the child’s learning and their experiences at home, at school and in the wider environment. 

How visual supports can be introduced alongside other intervention strategies. 

Some of the visual strategies that could be used to support the child. 

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Vicki Smith

Vicki Smith

Vicki Smith is a specialist speech and language therapist with Middletown Centre for Autism. Vicki has a BSc. in Clinical Speech and Language Studies from Trinity’s College Dublin. Previously, Vicki has worked as a speech and language therapist in childrens disability network teams, early intervention, and primary care services. She has worked with children and young people 0-19 years with complex needs and provided multidisciplinary assessments and intervention and speech and language specific assessments and interventions. She has worked across a range of home and school environments. Vicki has experience in autism diagnostic assessments and the provision of post-diagnostic training for parents and the child or young person.

Autism and Communication

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Autism and Communication  

Building on the knowledge gained in the first two sessions, this training session aims to increase parents’ understanding of communication differences in autism and will provide strategies that can help support processing times and understanding.  

 

Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of:   

 

  • The core features of reciprocal communication and how it can be impacted in autism.    

  • Communication and attention development in autism.   

  • Their own interaction style and how this impacts the autistic young person.  

  • Practical strategies to support joint attention and communication at home and school.  

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Tracey McGovern

Tracey McGovern

Tracey McGovern is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at Middletown Centre for Autism. She is skilled in the delivery of early intervention programmes and has a keen interest in multi-agency working from the diagnostic process through to intervention in school and home settings. Tracey has considerable experience in training parents and health professionals in the key issues associated with autism. She has also worked widely with education professionals in multi-agency teams as an integral member of an innovative diagnostic and intervention service.

Autism and Sensory Processing

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Autism and Sensory Processing 

This training session will promote parents’ and family members understanding of how autistic children process sensory input whilst providing practical examples and information on how to help.  

Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of: 

How autistic children process sensory input. 

The characteristics of over and under-responsiveness to sensory input. 

Strategies and ideas that may help children with sensory processing difficulties. 

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Eleanor McStay-Fearon

Eleanor McStay-Fearon

Eleanor McStay-Fearon is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at Middletown Centre for Autism. Eleanor works as part of the Learning Support and Assessment Service, working directly with autistic children across school and home. Prior to this, she worked in Essex, providing assessment and intervention to children and young people with learning disabilities and associated needs such as autism and behaviours of concern. She has worked closely with parents, teachers and health professionals to support the implementation of communication, sensory and behaviour management programmes across home and school environments. She has experience in supporting autistic children and young people with mental health needs in Glasgow, as member of a multi-disciplinary Learning Disability Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team. Eleanor holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Sensory Integration and is a registered Sensory Integration Practitioner

Supporting Behaviour in Autism: Understanding the Stress Response

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Supporting Behaviour in Autism: Understanding the Stress Response 

This training session builds on the information previously learned and provides further information on how to understand and support stress responses. 

Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of: 

The purpose that any ‘behaviour’ may serve for their child 

The internal processes that contribute to observable stress responses. 

How to support yourself and your child during times of distress. 

Potential strategies/new skills that may benefit your child. 

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Tara Vernon

Tara Vernon

Tara Vernon is an Autism Trainer/Advisor with Middletown Centre for Autism. Prior to this, Tara has worked across home, school and external agency settings to provide autism specific specialist teaching, training, and behavioural support in these environments. Tara has also worked as a Class Teacher for nine years in an Applied Behaviour Analysis school for autistic children with complex needs. Tara holds a degree in Psychology and is a CABAS board certified Teacher in Applied Behaviour Analysis. She is a member of both the Psychological Society of Ireland and the Teaching Council of Ireland and is a Certified Sleep Counsellor.