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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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Regal Cinema, Friar Street,, Youghal, Cork

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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.  
Expected Outcomes:
Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of       
• How children with autism perceive the world.
• How children with autism think and learn.
• How to use children with autism’s strengths to help them reach their potential.
• The underlying difficulties faced by children with autism in learning, social interaction and communication.
• Applying strategies when supporting, interacting with and teaching children with autism.

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Tara Vernon

Tara Vernon

Tara Vernon is an Autism Trainer/Advisor in 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 children with autism and 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.

Social Communication and the Impact of Visual Teaching Methods

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This training event aims to increase parents’ understanding of how autism affects communication and will provide strategies that may help.  It will also explore visual strategies which are widely used when living and working with children and young people with autism.  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.

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

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Tara Vernon

Tara Vernon

Tara Vernon is an Autism Trainer/Advisor in 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 children with autism and 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.

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 and young people 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 the child or young person's experience in school and at home.
• Gain knowledge of strategies, which will assist in meeting the child or young person'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 Promotion of Positive Behaviour

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Children with autism can experience elevated levels of frustration, anxiety and stress often resulting in distressed behaviours. Responding effectively to behaviour remains a concern for parents of children with autism.  Early intervention and planning are important to ensure that children have an array of proactive strategies to defuse rather than escalate a demanding situation. 
This session will examine how the core features of autism can influence the behaviour of children.
Expected Outcomes:
Parents and family members will
• Understand how the core features of autism can influence behaviour.
• Understand the importance of identifying the function of a behaviour.
• Learn practical strategies for recognising early warning signs, making positive interventions and reducing potential triggers.
• Anxiety and its impact on behaviour.

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Tara Vernon

Tara Vernon

Tara Vernon is an Autism Trainer/Advisor in 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 children with autism and 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.

The Teenage Years and Anxiety Management

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This training event will examine why young people with autism can experience difficulties when faced with a transition to teenage life and how young people with autism experience anxiety in many situations, with some experiencing significant anxiety difficulties. This session will explore the commonly associated difficulties for the young person at this life stage and introduce potential strategies that can be used to alleviate the experience of anxiety.  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                                                
• How young people with autism think and learn.                                                                  
• The underlying reasons of how autism can impact in the adolescent years.        
• Transition planning and the role of parents.
• Understand how the core impairments of autism, including sensory difficulties, can contribute to the development of anxiety.
• Develop some simple strategies to prevent the escalation of anxiety.
• Understand the basics of cognitively based management approaches.

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Regal Cinema, Friar Street,

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Tara Vernon

Tara Vernon

Tara Vernon is an Autism Trainer/Advisor in 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 children with autism and 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.