This highly interactive teacher training course provides a solid introduction to the challenges of autism in education. The course is useful for both those with some experience of ASD and those new to the condition. Key topics will be addressed, including characteristics and diagnostic criteria, a structured approach to teaching, recognising different types of discriminatory or exclusive behaviour, and understanding the causes of challenging behaviours, with the aim of developing a range of best practices. Included is an optional team-building activity. Here is a link to the programme’s full description
Who is it for
This course is for all professionals who want to better understand the challenges of autism, Asperger Syndrome (AS) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) within the professional environment. You will learn about what ASD consists of, how it affects the teaching and learning environments, and why understanding ASD is so important. Those who will benefit include teachers, teaching assistants, school heads, counsellors, and teacher trainers. This course can also be combined with other SEN courses in consecutive weeks for form a two-week course. Participants need to be at a minimum B1 level of English.
Sessions raise and deepen awareness of ASD. An interactive communicative approach is applied, which provides participants with their own experiential learning of the activities and methodologies. Input sessions are in the form of hands-on workshops and involve brainstorming, analysis, problem-solving, and role-play, both in pair work and group work. Participants are actively involved in the sessions to maximize their learning and to experience activities from their learners’ point of view.
Teachers are asked to reflect on the activities, inviting discussion with regard to their own knowledge and experience, teaching methods and contexts, and on adaptation of activities to their own teaching and learning situations. Participants are also introduced to key resources related to the further development of their teaching skills and personal professional development. Both theory and practice are explored, analyzed and discussed, further enabling the participants’ use and development of their teaching and classroom management skills.
By the end of the course participants will:
- have an understanding of what autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and ASD are
- have practical ideas on how to teach those on the spectrum, while not negatively affecting other students
- understand key challenges, including managing learning styles, minimising discriminatory behaviour, and creating an inclusive learning environment for all
- be able to understand the positive aspects of autism in order to create a positive learning space for all
have enjoyed a positive environment in which to share best practices and exchange ideas with each other
Dates and Rates
15-19 June 2020
16-20 November 2020
Course Fee: Euro550.00
- Group Size Maximum of 12 participants
- Course Level Minimum of B1 (Intermediate)
- Participants' Age Minimum 24 years (average age of participants is 40)
- Course Length 25 hours over 5 training days
- Price starting from €550.00