Training & Events Uniqueness of Autism Training Uniqueness of Autism Training Course Overview This course has been designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of autism essential for professionals working with children and adults on the autism spectrum, as well as any interested individuals who wish to gain further knowledge and insight. We aim to offer this 5 week course in our region every year, at a venue of central location. Each module is individually priced (currently £60, with concessions for members and booking the whole course) and delivered by specialised professionals who share first-hand knowledge and experience in their area of expertise. This training course is specifically, but not exclusively beneficial for: Education Professionals Support Workers Social Services Police Service Industry Employees Each Uniqueness of Autism training module has been officially assessed, accredited and evaluated to the highest standard by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to the continuing professional development principles. Each module counts towards four hours of Continued Professional Development and all delegates receive a certificate of attendance at the end of each module, which can be used as verifiable documentary evidence when submitting CPD recording forms. If you would prefer a course that is delivered in your work place, at a date and time convenient to you, we can offer any of these modules separately or together, as well as more bespoke training. We can tailor the training to your particular needs as a company and provide CPD certificates at the completion of the course. Each 4 hour CPD module is £500. Please see further details under the headings 'Training Overview' and 'Bespoke Training'. Please see below for a detailed breakdown of each module. Session One: The Uniqueness of Autism Delivered by Alan Bicknell, Director of Operations at Autism Anglia. So, is autism a difference, a disorder or a condition? Whose social rules and values should we follow in a tolerant and accepting diverse society? How can we support people on the autism spectrum to fulfil their potential as independent and valued citizens? Autism is unique and fascinating. This introductory course contains essential information for professionals working with people on the autism spectrum and covers topics including a short history of autism, differences in communication, social understanding and processing, emotional wellbeing, challenges and strengths. Learning Outcomes Develop knowledge of the history of autism Develop knowledge of difference in communication, social understanding, processing, emotional wellbeing, challenges and strengths. Learn practical strategies to support people on the autism spectrum within care setting and in the wider community. This module counts as four hours of Continued Professional Development. Session Two: Sensory Strategies Delivered by Alan Bicknell, Director of Operations at Autism Anglia. Autism is often categorised as affecting communication and relating to the world within a social context. However, autism can also greatly affect how an individual processes sensory information. This module focuses on over-responsive and under-responsive processing to sensory stimuli, different information-processing approaches and how best to support individuals in overwhelming and unpredictable environments. Learning Outcomes Develop knowledge of sensory processing and autism. Gain practical skills to adapt environments to become more autism friendly and support people on the autism spectrum within different sensory environments. This module counts as four hours of Continued Professional Development. Session Three: School Techniques and Strategies Delivered by Doucecroft School Educational Professionals Children on the autism spectrum deserve the same social, emotional and academic life chances at their peers. This module focuses on developing an understanding of the individual’s place in the social environment of school and how they can be supported to achieve. Through focussing on communication, personal space, emotions, flexibility, sensory differences and distress or challenging behaviour, this module provides the learner with a greater understanding of autism and practical support strategies within the educational setting. Learning Outcomes Develop knowledge of how autism presents in children and young people within the educational setting. Learn practical support strategies for supporting autistic young people within the educational setting, considering sensory processing, learning styles, routine, peer relationship and building on strengths to achieve potential. This module counts as four hours of Continued Professional Development. Session Four: Autism and Online Citizenship Delivered by Dan McCullagh, IT Manager. Our world is becoming increasingly reliant on technology and for individuals who can find face-to-face interaction overwhelming the internet can be a fantastic place to pursue special interests and meet like-minded individuals. When used safely and with precaution, the internet can be incredibly beneficial for someone with autism. However, the world of technology is ever-changing and is not without its dangers. This module focuses on the main risks for online citizens and how to support people with autism to use the internet safely in an ever-changing online world. Learning Outcomes Develop knowledge of the benefits and dangers of the internet and the risks that people on the autism spectrum face as online citizens. Gain practical skills to promote healthy online citizenship and protect vulnerable autistic people from becoming online victims or perpetrators. This module counts as four hours of Continued Professional Development. Session Five: Keeping Safe - High Risk and Offending Behaviour Delivered by Alan Bicknell, Director of Operations at Autism Anglia. “In order to understand a person, you must understand what that person understands”- Sören Kierkegaard. Autistic individuals are more vulnerable to being victims of crime and some studies suggest that people on the autism spectrum are over-represented within the criminal justice system. Whereas some people with autism follow the law stringently, autistic people can be more trusting of others and can sometimes act without thinking of the implications, which can make them more open to manipulation. This module explores autism and high risk or offending behaviour as well as suggesting applicable techniques for talking to people on the autism spectrum about the subject. Learning Outcomes Develop knowledge of autism and the Criminal Justice System. Explore why people with autism may be more likely to end up within the Criminal Justice System. Learn strategies to protect people on the autism spectrum from being victims or perpetrators of crime. This module counts as four hours of Continued Professional Development. For more information about The Uniqueness of Autism please contact us or call 01206 577678.