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In this series of six workshops, we will cover all 4 stages of the Attention Autism Programme, discuss the ideas behind it and use real-life examples to show exactly how and why it works. You will learn how to connect, get focused attention, keep it, share it, and use it to develop communication, interaction, and group learning skills. In this course, we will address the following, • Understanding the ideas that drive the Attention Autism programme • Getting the child’s attention, keeping it, sharing it, and using it • Building understanding and confidence in getting the message • Developing communication and spontaneous expression • Individualising sessions for each child • Creating activities that are worth communicating about and inspire learning. • Creating sessions that everyone enjoys and remembers. How the programme will work, The training has 2 main elements. • 6 live 75 minutes workshops • feedback and coaching on 2 films of the programme sent by attendees — these films do not have to include children. Completion of all elements of the course is necessary before a certificate is awarded. The training is spread over 6 live, 75 minutes sessions with Gina Davies, so you can get the programme into action between workshops. We will cover all 4 stages of the Attention Autism programme, illustrated with supporting videos and live activity demonstrations. We ask you to send us videos as you try the Stages of the programme so we can coach you individually and give feedback. The films sent during the course do not have to include children, if they do parental permission is necessary. In this way we are looking to support you as individuals as you get ready to apply the programme with the children. The Course Structure The course will consist of 6 sessions, spread over 3 weeks. Session 1 • An introduction to the ideas that drive Attention Autism. • Understanding how attention develops • Involving the team • Getting practical and ready to set up a session. Session 2 • Starting the Attention Autism Programme • Introducing Stage 1, The Bucket • Modelling talking to increase the chance of spontaneous communication. • Ideas and resources • Sorting the practicalities and differentiation to meet the needs of each child. Session 3 • Working out when you are ready for the next stage in the programme. • Introducing Stage 2 • Getting our communication on track • Using words to label things, make comments and develop understanding. • Building vocabulary • Ideas and resources • Tackling any problems and sharing successes! Session 4 • Holding the boundaries cheerfully • Using voice and sounds to create successful communication for both verbal and non-verbal children. • More about communication and how to encourage understanding and spontaneous expression. • The role of fun and fascination in inspiring a love of learning. • Ideas for games and activities. Session 5 • Getting the practice in and enjoying sessions • Using fun and laughter to help with frustrations and confusions. • Starting Stage 3 • Understanding how shifting attention can lead to successful turn taking. • Ideas and resources Session 6 • More Stage 3 • Creating games • Stage 4 and running an Attention Autism session with all 4 stages. • Understanding how to use the strategies learnt so far across the day. • Working through the things that might go wrong and staying on track. • Keeping going! Attendance at all sessions is compulsory for successful completion of the course.

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Aideen Ruttledge

Aideen Ruttledge

Aideen Ruttledge is a Specialist Occupational Therapist for autistic children and young people.  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 autistic children 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.

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