Middletown Centre for Autism - Training for Parents (Northern Ireland)

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Training for Parents (Northern Ireland)

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Autism and Visual Methodologies Day 2 of 6

  • Venue : Rathore School, Newry, Armagh
  • Closing Date : Thursday 27 April 2017 05:00PM
  • Start Date : Thursday 4 May 2017 10:00AM
  • End Date : Thursday 4 May 2017 12:00PM

Please note that the start time listed above is the training time - Registration will commence 30 mins before this



Course Description
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 cover the theory behind 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. The presentation will demonstrate how visual methodology can be used to enhance the learning experience, play/leisure skills and social interactions of young people with autism. These methods are based on the principles of the TEACCH programme and may help parents provide a consistent learning and teaching approach for their child.

Expected Outcomes
Participants 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.
• How best to prepare not only the parents and child but also the education setting.


  • 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 extensive experience in the field of multi-agency working both in health and in education, to include pre and post diagnostic working.  Tracey has extensive experience in training parents and health professionals in the key issues associated with autism and in the delivery of services to education, home and community settings. She has worked widely with education professionals in an area wide multi-agency team as an integral member of an innovative diagnostic and intervention service. 

  • Helen Cousins

    Helen Cousins has been a teacher in the Special School setting for 11 years. This has given her a valuable insight into working with pupils with ASD through a variety of Key Stages. Helen specializes in the implementation of visual strategies and working within the multi-sensory setting including sensory processing difficulties.

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