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6 Courses spread out over 4 months. 

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Learning Styles and Visual Strategies

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Autism, Learning Styles and Visual Strategies

 

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 and 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 will become more familiar with how their input will reflect a sound evidence base and be more able to adapt the home environment and individualised tasks to meet the needs of the child, in order, to enhance learning, play or leisure skills and social interactions.

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Sarah Devlin

Sarah Devlin

Sarah Devlin is a Specialist Teacher in Middletown Centre for Autism. She has gained experience both as a teacher and as a Specialist Behaviour Therapist for children and young people with autism.  Sarah was coordinator of a National Community Outreach Programme for children with autism throughout Ireland.  Whilst in this role, she gained significant experience in liaising with multi-disciplinary teams, assessment and the development of learning and behaviour support plans, as well as training parents and teachers in autism specific interventions. Previously, she provided consultation services and training for parents and professionals throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Sarah has a special interest in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).

Transitions (Home to School)

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Autism and Transitions

 

Transitions refers to the movement of one area of life to another. Within education, this can include transitions to school and beyond and are significantly important stages in a child’s life. However, for a young person with autism day to day transitions are also significant as they can involve changes and disruption to routines, increase stress and anxiety and create unpredictability in the day. These transitions may include, moving between activities at home/school, transitioning to and from school, staff changes, changes to home-based routines and so forth. This session will address the importance of preparation and visual communication when preparing a young person with autism for transitions. Strategies to support your child will be provided with a key focus on addressing the transitions between the home and school environment.

 

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Sarah Devlin

Sarah Devlin

Sarah Devlin is a Specialist Teacher in Middletown Centre for Autism. She has gained experience both as a teacher and as a Specialist Behaviour Therapist for children and young people with autism.  Sarah was coordinator of a National Community Outreach Programme for children with autism throughout Ireland.  Whilst in this role, she gained significant experience in liaising with multi-disciplinary teams, assessment and the development of learning and behaviour support plans, as well as training parents and teachers in autism specific interventions. Previously, she provided consultation services and training for parents and professionals throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Sarah has a special interest in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).

Sensory Processing

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Autism and Sensory Processing

Sensory processing refers to the ability of an individual 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, an individual can engage in daily functional activities and social interaction. Sensory processing differences are prevalent in children with autism 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 child or young person.

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Jill McCanney

Jill McCanney

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.

Social Communication

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Autism and Social Communication 

For individuals who have autism and learning difficulties, the difficulties relating to communication can often be magnified. Many children and young people with autism have significant difficulties with speaking, language and communication. This session will examine why students with autism 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. Students with autism are more likely to be successful communicators in environments that are designed to encourage and support their efforts. In order 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 the use of motivating materials/activities and by 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.

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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.

Wellbeing and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour

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Autism, Positive Behaviour and Wellbeing

Children with autism can experience elevated levels of anxiety and stress often resulting in distressed and inappropriate behaviours which impacts negatively on wellbeing. Responding effectively to behaviour remains a concern for parents and professionals living and working with children with autism. Early intervention and planning are important to ensure that parents and family members, as well as the child with autism, have an array of proactive strategies to defuse rather than escalate a demanding situation, and to improve overall wellbeing. This session will examine how an understanding of autism can influence interactions and thus the behaviour of children and challenge the term, “Challenging Behaviour”.
 

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Sarah Devlin

Sarah Devlin

Sarah Devlin is a Specialist Teacher in Middletown Centre for Autism. She has gained experience both as a teacher and as a Specialist Behaviour Therapist for children and young people with autism.  Sarah was coordinator of a National Community Outreach Programme for children with autism throughout Ireland.  Whilst in this role, she gained significant experience in liaising with multi-disciplinary teams, assessment and the development of learning and behaviour support plans, as well as training parents and teachers in autism specific interventions. Previously, she provided consultation services and training for parents and professionals throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Sarah has a special interest in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).

Life Skills

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Autism and Life Skills
Life skills are regarded as independent living skills or daily living skills and encompass work, leisure and personal care.  They are the functional skills which, if not mastered by the child or young person, will need to be done for them.  This event will consider how the core difficulties associated with autism may directly affect the development of life skills and provide an increased understanding of the opportunities available to improve and develop life skills within the home and community environment.  Parents will learn and develop methods to assess and teach life skills in the family environment in order to be able to facilitate their child to achieve greater independence in relevant daily activities such as play, work tasks, personal hygiene, toileting and organisational skills.

 

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Suzanne McCanney

Suzanne McCanney

Suzanne McCanney is the Learning Support Manager in Middletown Centre for Autism. Prior to this, she was Assistant Advisory Officer for Special Educational Needs in the Western Education and Library Board (WELB). Suzanne also worked as a Project Manager for the Cross-Border Parent Community and School Partnership Programme; part of the focus for this programme was developing transition resources for children with autism. She has worked with children with autism in her capacity as a resource teacher for Special Educational Needs in the Republic of Ireland. Suzanne is a qualified teacher and holds a Master’s degree in Special Educational Needs Teaching.