INSET: Supporting Learners with Autism

Autism

” I wanted to write to say a huge thank you for the most inspiring and informative INSET. The approach was so refreshing, engaging and staff especially liked the personal anecdotes and light touch approach to the training. We have certainly got a bit of work to do but you have set the direction of travel very firmly. On a personal level I can honestly say it was the best INSET I have experienced in a very long time indeed!”

Phil Foley, Headmaster, Kimbolton School

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people around them. According to the National Autistic Society, autism affects about 700,000 people in the United Kingdom, which equates to 1 in 100 of the population and the number of children being diagnosed with the condition is continuing to increase. The number of autistic children being educated in mainstream schools is also increasing every year. 

It is essential that all staff who work in education have a thorough understanding of autistic spectrum conditions and how they impact on learning and behaviour. 

This course will equip attendees with an excellent understanding of autism and the impact it has on learners, whist providing an easy to use tool kit of strategies to help promote learning and reduce the barriers that autism can cause.  

We also have an Online Autism Awareness course for just £25 per person which would serve as a useful introduction to this topic

INSET Outline

Learning Outcome 1 – Understand what Autistic Spectrum conditions are and how they impact on individuals and their behaviour.

1.1. Describe the characteristics of behaviour associated with autistic spectrum conditions.

1.2. Distinguish between different types of autism.

1.3  Assess common ideas about the causes and effects of autism.

Learning Outcome 2. Be able to identify the impact that Autism has on a person.

2.1. Define areas of impairment associated with autism.

2.2. Describe how each area of impairment impacts on individuals.

2.3. Describe sensory differences autistic students may experience.

Learning Outcome 3. Be able to reduce the impact that autism has on learning.

3.1. Describe the effects of ASC on behaviour in an educational environment.

3.2. Illustrate how to promote learning and remove barriers to learning in an educational setting for learners with ASC.

 3.3. Describe ways to communicate effectively with autistic students.

Learning Outcome 4. Be able to identify key principles of positive behaviour management.

4.1. Use the iceberg theory of behaviour to describe the behaviour of a person with ASC and make adjustments to the learning environment to reduce challenging behaviour.

 4.2. Describe the causes of challenging behaviour autistic students might present.

4.3. Define crisis management.

4.4. Describe three intervention strategies when working with autistic students.

The combination of evidence and research in the presentation made the information credible and relatable. My colleagues felt that they understood the issues behind the labels of ASD and PDA and how to better support our families who have to manage the behaviour on a daily basis.

Cerys Williams, Partnerships Officer, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
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