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Middletown Centre for Autism
5 Week Professional Training Programme
Autism and the Primary School
Programme Content:
1. Autism, Learning Style and the Impact of Visual Teaching Methods
2. Autism and Sensory Processing
3. Autism and Anxiety Management
4. Autism and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour
5. Autism and Transitions
This five-week programme has been designed for teachers and other education professionals who are working with children with autism in the Primary School environment. 
The Centre also provides a similar six-week course for parents. 
Please check the Centre’s website for details. www.middletownautism.com
 

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Autism, Learning Styles and the Impact of Visual Teaching Methods

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Scoil Mhuire Barntown National School, Wexford, Wexford

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Autism, Learning Style and the Impact of Visual Teaching Methods
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.
This session will consist of a combination of presentations and workshop based activities. It 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 activities to meet the needs of the child, in order to enhance learning, play/leisure skills and social interactions. 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:
• 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.
Course Overview / Content 
• Why visuals work for children with autism.
• Using visuals in the family home and community.
• How to develop visuals and implement visual strategies.

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Dee Hogan

Dee Hogan

Dee Hogan is an Autism Intervention Specialist in Middletown Centre for Autism. Her background is in teaching children with special educational needs, with 15 years’ experience teaching in an Autism Unit and Early Intervention Class within a Mainstream Primary School. Dee has also worked as a part time Lecturer with University College Cork delivering Diploma in Autism Studies as well as providing training for teachers, third level students, parents and professionals. Dee holds a MEd in Special Education (autism, children) from the University of Birmingham.

Autism and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour

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Autism and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour
Children and young people with autism can experience elevated levels of anxiety and stress often resulting in distressed behaviours. Responding effectively to behaviour remains a concern for professionals working within education. Early intervention and planning is 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. Finding the function of behaviour will be highlighted as the starting point of any Behaviour Support Plan.
Expected Outcomes
Participants will:
• Understand how the core features of autism can influence behaviour.
• Understand the importance of identifying the function of a behaviour and developing a basic Behaviour Support Plan.
• Learn practical strategies for recognising early warning signs and making positive interventions, reducing potential triggers.
• Anxiety and its impact on behaviour.
Course Overview / Content 
How the core features can affect behaviour.
Introduction to Behaviour Support Plans recognising the benefits of:
• Clarity of information, including expectations and procedures.
• Consistency: A healthy, strong home school partnership is vital.
• Common sense: Remembering that sometimes the most effective is also the most straightforward and easiest.
• Continuation: Keeping the teaching and the positive supports in place to continue to help the child or young person to develop effective habits and more adaptive skills.
 

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Scoil Mhuire Barntown National School

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Dee Hogan

Dee Hogan

Dee Hogan is an Autism Intervention Specialist in Middletown Centre for Autism. Her background is in teaching children with special educational needs, with 15 years’ experience teaching in an Autism Unit and Early Intervention Class within a Mainstream Primary School. Dee has also worked as a part time Lecturer with University College Cork delivering Diploma in Autism Studies as well as providing training for teachers, third level students, parents and professionals. Dee holds a MEd in Special Education (autism, children) from the University of Birmingham.

Autism and Anxiety Management

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Scoil Mhuire Barntown National School, Wexford, Wexford

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Autism and Anxiety Management
Primary aged children with autism experience anxiety in many situations, with some experiencing significant anxiety difficulties. For many, school is a major source of stress. While many reasons are shared with typically developing children, there are some key factors relating to autism that mean stress and anxiety are more likely. Everyone shows their anxiety in individual ways so the most reliable observations that a child is anxious are going to be made by the people who know the child best. This shows the importance of working closely not only within a school staff team, but also with the families of children with autism.

This session is an introduction to strategies that can be used to alleviate the experience of anxiety in children with autism. This will include an introduction to cognitively based strategies and how to develop child centred strategies to deal with anxiety. This session is most suitable for teachers and resource teachers who work with children with autism who already have a good understanding of autism.
Expected Outcomes
Participants will:
• Understand how the core impairments of autism, including sensory difficulties, can contribute to the development of anxiety.
• Understand how anxiety can escalate and may result in an outburst.
• Develop some simple strategies to prevent the escalation of anxiety.
• Understand the basics of cognitively based management approaches.
Course Overview
• Anxiety triggers and build up.
• ‘On the spot’ anxiety management strategies.
• Developing a ‘stress kit’.
• Cognitively based approaches and the emotional toolkit.
 

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Fiona McCaffrey

Fiona McCaffrey

Dr Fiona McCaffrey is Head of Research and Development at Middletown Centre. Fiona has a graduate qualification in Autism, a Master’s in Counselling and is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. She has worked individually and in-group sessions with older children and young adults with autism and their parents. Fiona has spoken and presented nationally and internationally on autism and the work of Middletown Centre.

Autism and Sensory Processing

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Scoil Mhuire Barntown National School, Wexford, Wexford

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Autism and Sensory Processing
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 difficulties frequently associated with autism and will demonstrate how such difficulties impact on learning, play, social interactions and behaviour in the Primary School environment.
Expected Outcomes
Participants will:
• Develop a basic understanding of the sensory difficulties in autism.
• Understand how sensory difficulties can affect the child’s experience in school and in the classroom.
• Understand how sensory difficulties can influence the child’s participation in the classroom.
• Develop some simple strategies to alleviate sensory difficulties.
Course Overview / Content 
• Sensory issues in autism.
• How sensory issues can present in a child with autism.
• How sensory difficulties can affect the child’s experience in school and in the classroom.
• Some strategies that can be individualised.
 

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Kate Cullen

Kate Cullen

Kate Cullen is an Autism Specialist Occupational Therapist for children and young people. She has Postgraduate qualifications in Sensory Integration, including SIPT registration. Kate currently works within autism diagnostics in the Belfast HSC Trust. She is a tutor and assessor for the graduate Certificate in Autism Studies course delivered in partnership with Middletown Centre for Autism and Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Kate previously worked as an Occupational Therapist for Middletown Centre for Autism and in Special Schools with children and young people with physical disabilities, developmental disorders and autism, aged 3-19 years, providing assessment, intervention within trans-disciplinary and multiagency teams. She has experience writing and delivering training on autism related topics to parents, professionals, undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has delivered programmes in schools and homes addressing difficulties in engaging in personal care, life skills, leisure, school and work as result of motor coordination, sensory processing, sensory motor and perception for children and young people with autism. She has training in a variety of therapeutic approaches

Autism and Transitions

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Autism and Transitions

Transition refers to the time when we move from one stage of life to another. Within education, this includes the transfer from Preschool to Primary School, Primary School to Post-Primary School. Such transitions are some of the most important stages of life and can have an impact on future development and achievement. They bring changes and disturbances to routines, which can cause anxiety and stress, especially to children with autism. However, with the right support and thorough planning, children can prepare for these changes and enjoy as smooth a transition as possible. 

This session will examine why children experience difficulties when faced with a transition to Pre, Primary and Post Primary School and discuss how developing a greater understanding of transition, with practical approaches to support children on their journey through school and beyond, offers the child the chance of future academic and social success. Within this session, the importance and design of a planned transition programme and the role of the education professional in this process will be examined along with ideas and suggestions as to how best prepare not only the education setting but also the parents and child.
Expected Outcomes
Participants will:
• Understand why transitions are difficult for children with autism.
• Understand that it is critical to plan and have a strategy around key transitions in the child’s day and in the child’s life.
• Develop simple transition plans and supports around key areas.
• Gain an understanding of available support during transition.
• Gain knowledge of personalised support to children and young people.
• Learn how to cope with emotional distress caused by transition, such as stress and anxiety.
Course Overview / Content
• Transitions and why they are important.
• Potential key transitions in life and in the school day.
• Preparing the child.
• Use of Communication Passports.
• Developing a transition plan.
• Effective communication with home.
 

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Scoil Mhuire Barntown National School

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Dee Hogan

Dee Hogan

Dee Hogan is an Autism Intervention Specialist in Middletown Centre for Autism. Her background is in teaching children with special educational needs, with 15 years’ experience teaching in an Autism Unit and Early Intervention Class within a Mainstream Primary School. Dee has also worked as a part time Lecturer with University College Cork delivering Diploma in Autism Studies as well as providing training for teachers, third level students, parents and professionals. Dee holds a MEd in Special Education (autism, children) from the University of Birmingham.