Introduction: This One Day Workshop aims to increase participant’s awareness of Autism and build empathy and understanding about the condition. There is no pre-requisite of prior knowledge for the course as it is hoped that the training will provide general information about the autistic spectrum conditions as well as enable members of staff to reflect on their own practice. While theoretical information such as the diagnosis and discovery of autism and key theories such as Theory of Mind and the Triad of Impairments are included, the content focuses on gaining an understanding of the difficulties that individuals with autism may experience in order to provide a high quality of care. Practical activities and real examples ensure that this course is closely related to practice, is “user-friendly” and focused at a practitioner level.
* Course times can also be adapted as 1/2 day or 2.5 hour sessions to accommodate your organisation – please enquire.
Aims and Objectives:
• Identify the key features of autism and how the condition affects an individual, exploring the spectrum of autism.
• Explore the theories underpinning autism including Theory of Mind, Weak Central Coherence, Executive Dysfunction and Triad of Impairments.
• Identify neurological factors in autism and how these affect thinking and processing (sensory) information and impact upon on daily life.
• Analyse the historical approaches to treatment and interventions, comparing how these have influenced current thinking.
• Formulate how to apply knowledge and empathy to practice to proactively and positively support individuals with autism.