Making Sense of Autism Tier 1 2018-19

Starting: December 6, 2018 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Basic autism awareness training approved by the Autism Education Trust (AET).

This course is hosted at St Albans Girls’ School in St Albans and will run from 2.00 to 4.00pm on Thursday 6th December 2018.

Who is this course for?

All staff within school-age education settings, mainstream and specialist services.

What are the objectives or outcomes?

  • Identify the four key areas of difference that need to be taken into account.
  • Know the importance of understanding the individual pupil and their profile of strengths and areas for development.
  • Identify the key areas to help pupils on the autism spectrum build positive relationships with staff, peers, families and people in their community.
  • Develop an awareness of the sensory and communication differences that pupils may experience.

On this programme participants will:

  • Have an opportunity to take part in some activities that will help them understand the feelings/emotions/difficulties associated with autism.
  • Be signposted towards a variety of resources to support their own teaching/planning/assessment.
  • Receive a certificate of attendance from the Autism Education Trust (AET).

The training uses a range of teaching tools to form an essential part of your continued professional development:

  • Videos
  • Case Studies
  • Scenarios
  • Activities
  • Presenter Talk
  • Pair/Group discussion

Meet the facilitators

Tara Fletcher – Higher Level Teaching Assistant at St Albans Girls’ School, Autism Spectrum Disorders Lead

Tara has a Bsc in Psychology and has been working with students with a profile of autism spectrum disorder since 2014. She delivers in-class support, 1:1 interventions and has supported school trips/clubs, including residentials. She coordinates Autism Awareness Week at her setting and ensures teaching staff have the latest information, techniques, and resources to support their teaching.

Karen Smith – SENCO and Teacher of Art at St Albans Girls’ School

Karen has taught students from Foundation stage through to 6th Form. She is currently the SENCo and an Art teacher at STAGS. She has 3 children, one Neurotypical, one with Autism and one with ADHD, so can offer lived experience from a range of perspectives.