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Autism, the Facts and How to Help
This training course is aimed at parents whose children have had a recent diagnosis of autism or for parents and family members who want to learn about autism and strategies to help.  The information provided can be applied across a range of ages and ability levels but is most suitable for children and young people in the 4-11 years age range.   

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Autism, The Facts and How to Help

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This training event 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 addressing the associated difficulties of challenging behaviour, sensory processing difficulties, anxiety and social communication.  

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Richard Crawte

Richard Crawte is a Specialist Teacher at Middletown Centre for Autism. He has previous experience as a Lead Teacher in an Autism Resource Base in England.  Richard has a particular interest in developing resources and teaching approaches for use with children and young people with autism.  He specialises in modifying the curriculum to meet the needs of the individual learner and enabling access to learning for students with autism. 

Autism, Learning Styles and Visual Methodologies

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Visual strategies are widely used when living and working 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 home 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. These methods are based on the principles of the TEACCH programme and may help parents provide consistent teaching methods.

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Parents and family members will
• Understand the importance of visual teaching methods in autism.
• Understand how visuals will improve the learning of the child and their experience at home and in the wider environment.
• Develop some visual strategies that can be used to support the child.

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Deirdre O'Shea

Deirdre O'Shea is an Autism Intervention Specialist at the Middletown Centre for Autism. Deirdre has extensive experience in working with children and young people with autism who display complex behaviours. She has also worked across the school and home settings providing social skills groups for children with autism, and training, support, and advice in autism related topics to parents and professionals. Deirdre has a degree in Psychology with the Open University, a post graduate Diploma in Special Education, and is also a Registered Behaviour Technician.

Autism and Social Commuinication

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Building on knowledge gained in the first two sessions, this training event aims to increase parents’ understanding of how autism affects communication and will provide strategies that may help.
Expected Outcomes:
Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of
• How autism impacts communicative development.
• How autism impacts communicative exchange.
• How to use children’s and young people’s strengths to help them communicate more effectively.
• The reasons underlying the difficulties faced by children in the area of social communication and how to help.

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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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Sensory Processing generally refers to the ability of an individual to register sensory information, make sense of that information, and to respond to it. This is a complex and fluid process involving all the sensory systems, auditory, gustatory, visual, olfactory, tactile, proprioceptive, and vestibular. When sensory processing is working well, an individual’s responses to sensory information are positive and support interaction. However, sensory processing difficulties are quite prevalent in the profiles of 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 difficulties impact on learning, leisure activities and choices, social interactions and behaviour at home and in school.
Expected Outcomes:
Parents and family members will
• Develop a basic understanding of some of the sensory processing differences in autism.
• Understand how sensory processing differences can affect their child’s experience in school and at home.
• Gain knowledge of strategies, which will assist in meeting their child’s sensory needs.

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Aíne Henry

Aine Henry is a senior occupational therapist who has studied with the Sensory Integration Network UK & Ireland to become an advanced practitioner in Ayres Sensory Integration. She completed her MSc in Sensory Integration with Ulster University in 2016. Aine is a member of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland, and works in Dublin with adults and children with both an Intellectual Disability and Autism. Aine’s area of special interest is in utilising sensory processing knowledge to collaborate with parents and teachers to achieve activity participation goals. Aine has carried out research related to this topic which she hopes to publish.

The Teenage Years

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This training event will explain what autism is and will examine why young people with autism can experience difficulties when faced with a transition to teenage life.   This session is the foundation for understanding commonly associated difficulties: challenging behaviour, sensory processing, anxiety and social communication.  The importance and design of a planned transition programme and the role of the parents in this process will be examined along with ideas and suggestions as to how best to prepare the young person for forthcoming adolescence and adulthood.  


Expected Outcomes:                                                                                            
Parents and family member will have a better understanding of                                                
• The characteristics of autism.         
• How young people with autism think and learn.                                                                  
• The associated features of autism.                                                                    
• The underlying reasons of how autism can impact in the adolescent years.        
• Transition planning and the role of parents.

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Brian Fennell

Brian Fennell

Dr Brian Fennell is a specialist Teacher for Autism in Middletown Centre for Autism. He has 25-years in the field of autism and special education. Dr Fennell’s most recent positions have been in the UK as Assistant Principal at Ambitious College, a further education provider for young adults with autism, and the US as a lecturer in higher education. Dr Fennell began his career in education as a classroom teacher for autism and special educational needs, working both in the US and the Republic of Ireland before earning his PhD from Queen’s University Belfast in 2014.