All my training sessions are made-to-measure. I will talk to staff before I come to find out what you do already and what issues you are needing to cover. I have a basic set of courses I have written which can then be adapted for each setting. Here is one example how my training can meet your needs.
It was the day before the schools broke up and a secondary school learning support department found themselves with a morning without needing to support pupils – a rare opportunity!
I am happy to say, rather than clearing out cupboards they called me and another independent specialist teacher, to do some training with them.
The SENCO was confident that the staff knew the basics about ASC and were already working with the other specialist teacher to address the needs of individual pupils. We gave them some options to help move their skills and understanding onto the next level and they choose two. We had an hour for each topic and we were determined that at the end of the term, when everyone feels exhausted and ready to rest, that they had a positive and practical training session.
Topic 1 – Teaching Social Skills
Our session introduced the theoretical and physiological basis for the difficulties people with ASC have with understanding and interacting with others. Then we practiced some activities that we often do with pupils in secondary schools and find very effective. It’s all about teaching the pupils what the skills they are using are and how to notice them in others. We practiced with the resources and the staff enjoyed playing games and thinking this through for their own pupils.
Topic 2 – Behaviour
We have a model that we find very effective for helping pupils with ASC overcome challenges and learn what is appropriate behaviour. It is a 2 way model, as it helps staff understand the behaviours and how logical they are to the person with ASC. We gave the staff 3 scenarios of behaviour that might commonly occur in secondary school pupils with ASC. The staff did a great job of working out what might really be happening, why and then suggesting appropriate support and teaching strategies.
If you think your school or organisation would be interested in having some training that is informative, practical and makes a real difference to how you can support pupils with ASC, then contact me.