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Middletown Centre for Autism 5 Week Autism, the Facts Parent Training

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Autism and the Teenage Years

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Autism and the Teenage Years
This online training event will explain what autism is and consider the impact of autism on a teenager’s daily life and development. This session is the foundation for understanding commonly associated complexities in social communication, behaviour and sensory processing. 

Expected Outcomes-
Parents and family members will have a better understanding of:
•    The characteristics of autism.
•    How young people with autism think and learn.
•    How autism can impact the adolescent years.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

•    Strategies that may benefit when engaging with, supporting, and teaching a teenager with autism.

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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 children with autism 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 children and young people with autism and 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

Autism and Sensory Processing

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Autism and Sensory Processing
This training will promote parents’ and family members understanding of how young people with autism process sensory input whilst providing practical examples and information on how to help. 

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Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of:
•    How young people with autism process sensory input.
•    The characteristics of over and under-responsiveness to sensory input.
•    Strategies and ideas that may help young people with sensory processing difficulties.

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Aideen Ruttledge

Aideen Ruttledge

Aideen Ruttledge is a Specialist Occupational Therapist for children and young people with autism.  Aideen has worked in a variety of education and health services in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. This has involved working with children and young people in mainstream schools, special schools, respite and home settings.  She has been involved in the diagnostic process for children with autism and has training in a variety of specific therapeutic approaches including therapeutic listening, attachment theory and handwriting approaches. Aideen has a Master of Science Degree in Sensory Integration from Ulster University. She has carried out research in the area of Sensory Integration, which was recently published in the Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy. Aideen is a Clinical Mentor for the Sensory Integration Network.

Autism and Anxiety Management

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Autism and Anxiety Management
A high percentage of young people with autism experience significant anxiety. This online webinar introduces strategies that can be used to help manage these feelings to support the young person to reach his/her potential.

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Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of:
•    Why young people with autism may experience heightened anxiety.
•    How underlying anxiety can manifest as behaviours of concern.
•    How to apply strategies to help support the young person to manage their anxiety both proactively and in the moment.

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Autism and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour

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Autism and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour
This training session builds on the information previously learned and provides further information on how to manage behaviours of concern by applying parents’ knowledge of autism and learning.
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Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of:
•    Potential underlying reasons for behaviours of concern.
•    How to apply pro-active strategies to reduce the likelihood of the occurrence of behaviour that challenges.
•    The stages leading to behaviour that challenges and how to manage them to help prevent escalation.
•    How to apply autism specific strategies to help manage behaviour that challenges should it occur.

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Autism and Life Skills

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Autism and Life Skills
This presentation will explore how to facilitate young people with autism to be as independent as possible by teaching them work, personal care and leisure skills and explains why life skills are important for life satisfaction as our young people grow into adulthood. 

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Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of:
•    How the core difficulties associated with autism affect the development of life skills. 
•    How to support young people to learn and develop life skills in the home environment. 

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