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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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Holy Trinity National School, Dunfanaghy, Donegal

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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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Majella Nugent

Majella Nugent

Majella Nugent is an Autism Trainer/Advisor in Middletown Centre for Autism. Majella has experience teaching and supporting children and young people with autism in schools. Majella’s experiences include Pre-school, Mainstream Primary & Post-Primary and Special Schools across Ireland. Majella also has experience teaching autistic students in Further Education. She has lectured and assessed modules on the Early Childhood Foundation Degree and the Level Three Autism qualification, as professional development for parents and professionals. Majella’s training specialism is Relationship and Sexuality Education, Transitions and Special Education Needs. Majella has contributed to the development of the curriculum as a Professional Associate with CCEA for learners with MLD and co-ordinated specialist trainings including Transition to Higher Education (Ulster University and Trinity College Dublin), 16+ Education and Employment, and Sibling trainings. Majella is an Associate Lecturer on the Post Graduate Certificate with Mary Immaculate College Limerick.

Autism and Anxiety Management

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Young people 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 young people with autism. Early intervention and planning is important to ensure that young people 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 young people.
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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Edel Quinn

Edel Quinn

Edel Quinn is an Autism Trainer/Advisor in Middletown Centre for Autism. Before taking up this post, Edel worked in the National Health Service Northern Ireland (NHS), developing and delivering home programmes for children and young people with autism, and their families. Edel holds a Psychology degree and an MSc in Autism from Queen’s University, Belfast and a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Edel's main specialisms are in early intervention and delivering training in the implementation of visual strategies and positive behaviour. Edel is a certified TEACCH Trainer with Division TEACCH North Carolina. Edel has developed and delivered anxiety trainings and anxiety research projects to parents and professionals across Ireland. She has delivered at Autism and Mental Health Conference, NAS and the Autism Congress. Edel is an associate lecturer on the Post Graduate Autism Certificate with Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Edel is working towards accreditation with BACP as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist.

Autism and Sensory Processing

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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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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.

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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Frances O'Neill

Frances O'Neill

Frances O’Neill is an Autism Trainer/Advisor in Middletown Centre for Autism. Frances has worked in Special, Post Primary and Further Education settings. She holds Post Graduate Certificates and Diplomas in Education and an MSc in Autism.

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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Majella Nugent

Majella Nugent

Majella Nugent is an Autism Trainer/Advisor in Middletown Centre for Autism. Majella has experience teaching and supporting children and young people with autism in schools. Majella’s experiences include Pre-school, Mainstream Primary & Post-Primary and Special Schools across Ireland. Majella also has experience teaching autistic students in Further Education. She has lectured and assessed modules on the Early Childhood Foundation Degree and the Level Three Autism qualification, as professional development for parents and professionals. Majella’s training specialism is Relationship and Sexuality Education, Transitions and Special Education Needs. Majella has contributed to the development of the curriculum as a Professional Associate with CCEA for learners with MLD and co-ordinated specialist trainings including Transition to Higher Education (Ulster University and Trinity College Dublin), 16+ Education and Employment, and Sibling trainings. Majella is an Associate Lecturer on the Post Graduate Certificate with Mary Immaculate College Limerick.