This is our main INSET course and will provide the basis of all other courses.
ALL OUR COURSES ARE ADAPTED TO BE RELEVANT TO YOUR KEY STAGE AND SCHOOL SETTING. LYNN WORKS WITH AUTISIC CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE FROM 3-18 AND IN NURSERY, PRIMARY, SECONDARY AND SPECIAL SCHOOLS.
This introduction to ASC takes a minimum of 3 hours which can be done as one session or two twilights. It is adapted for the appropriate age of people you work with and includes practical activities, resource examples to look at and DVD clips to give staff understanding and support strategies, including...
Social and thinking differences
Strategies, resources and links to help you teach an autistic pupil
Other courses we offer:
Most can be done in a half day (3hrs) or a part of a full day course. (Click on the course title to make a booking enquiry)
This course looks at how we perceive challenging behaviour in autistic pupils and what we can do to understand why the pupil is behaving that way. We use the 'iceberg method' to work through understanding behaviours through the autism lens, enabling us to develop effective and postive teaching and behaviour support.
Lynn is the author of "Stories that Explain" (a collection of social stories for primary children) and has been writing social stories for over 12 years. This course teaches you how to write a social story using the specific structure advocated by Carol Gray. You will learn how to spot an ineffective social story and how to collect the right information to form your story focus. The day includes writing a story for a child you know, guided by Lynn.
A general introduction to SEND for the class teacher (can be KS1-2 or KS3-4). If you have no idea what the SEND Code of practice, an EHCP and the graduated approach is, or just need a refresher - this course will give you the information you need. You will recieve lots of practical ideas, resources and links to take away with you.
Increasing numbers of children are being diagnosed with both autism and ADHD. In this course you will learn how the two conditions present and interact in individual children. You will learn how to identify the primary and secondary needs of the pupil and why they function in the way they do. As always, there are lots of practical ideas, resources and links to take away to help you teach the autistic and ADHD pupils in your school.
This course looks at how autistic pupils experience the social world and how we can help them become 'social detectives'. Learning to read, interact and share their own ways of communicating, autistic pupils can enjoy structured games-based activities in small groups. We look at using interest based groups, games groups and video modelling. Learn how to provide safe and successful contexts for social interaction for autistic pupils.
Lynn is the author of a chapter in "Educating Girls on the autistic spectrum: Developing an integrated apporach (to be published 2019) and works to identify and support autistic girls in mainstream schools. This course looks at the identification, characteristics and support needs of autistic girls from the early years through to becoming young adults.
Anxiety is a constant companion of many autistic children and can affect their mental health. This course looks at the complex nature of anxiety in autistic children and young people and how we can support mental wellbeing. Lynn draws on her and Emma's years of supporting autistic young people in schools to share some of the realities of what contributes to anxiety. We look at teaching resources that have made a postive impact on our young people.
Although PDA is not officially regognised by many clinicians, there is no doubt that there are some autistic young people who have extreme anxiety-based demand avoidance that severely impacts on their daily lives. In this course we explore the research and clinical identification of PDA and extreme anxiety. We look at how PDA is part of the autistic spectrum but how there are different needs due to the anxiety that everyday demands create. We spend time discussing the recommended support strategies and how individuals can be supported whether a diagnosis is available or not.
Lego-based therapy is becoming increasing popular as an intervention to support autistic children and young people develop communication and cooperation skills in a highly motivating context. Lego based therpay uses a structured task, clear roles of "builder, supplier and engineer" to build a Lego model as a team. Children learn to work together and develop peer relationships through a fun activity. The key to successful Lego based therapy groups is the adult learning to step back and faciliate the children do do their own problem solving. If you have this course at your school, we can include practicing running a group with some of your pupils with supportive feedback.
This course is ideal for Nursery and Reception teaching staff. You will learn about recognising autism and how to develop a profile of the child to share with parents and other professionals. We look at how the early years setting can be adapted and look at early interventions for sensory diets, communication and learning. You will learn about teaching early personal, social and emotional skills. There will be practical ideas, videos, activities and resources for you to take ideas into your daily practice.
If you've ever come across sensory stories, such as those made by Joanna Grace, then you will know that they are a wonderful way of engaging young, autistic and PMLD pupils in meaningful story based learning. using lots of practical sensory resources. You will learn what is special about a sensory story, how to write your own sensory stories and how to tell a sensory story with the children that you teach. Be prepared for getting involved and getting engaged in sensory experiences on this course!
Playtimes can be the most difficult part of the day for autistic pupils. In this course we learn about why that may be, how to work out why it is difficult for individual autistic pupils and what we can do to help. We look at different ways of structuring and supporting playtimes, behaviour support and sensory adaptations that you may need. We also include what to do at wet playtimes.
A common difficulty in primary schools. There are many brilliant writers who are autistic, but also some children who struggle, refuse or avoid writing. This can be because of anxiety or a cause of anxiety in the child (and the class teacher). This course looks at what we are actually asking children to do when they are writing and breaks down the skills and concepts needed to be a successful writer. All this is through the lens of autism and how we can enable autistic pupils to become successful writers.
Lynn has supported the transition from primary to high school for many autistic pupils and developed good practice in many primary and secondary schools. This course looks at the needs of autisic pupils making the transition to a new school and how each school can contribute to a successful transition. This course can also be run looking at transition at the end of secondary school towards college, university, apprenticeships or other steps towards adulthood.
Anyone working with autistic young people will know that their understanding of the issues and experiences around growing up needs a different and highly individual apporach. Lynn shares some research, resources and practical ideas based on the work we have been doing with autistic young people over the years. We aim to help you develop your own bespoke programmes for autistic young people about puberty and growing up. This course includes looking at issues relating to gender and sexual identity.
Lynn can deliver whole school talks based on "Ten Top Tips for Secondary Teachers" and subject specific advice for department meetings. Get in touch for more details.
Lynn is an accredited Emotion Works trainer for the North West of England. See here for more information about Emotion Works and how we use it to support autistic pupils.
- We occasionally put on parents courses and we have speakers who are autistic, parents, and specialist professionals. If you are interested in us holding a course or speaking at your support group or parents event - please contact us.
All our courses are delivered by our expert autism specialist teachers who have extensive experience in both mainstream and special schools.
We understand the realities of the school environment and offer practical ideas, strategies and resources for you to be able to effectively implement in the classroom or wider school.
Costs are dependent on the course you require and whether it is for one school or a cluster of schools. We will travel, and schools and organisations outside Lancashire may have to pay travel and accomodation costs where applicable. All costs are competitive and discounts are available for charities. All enquireies will receive a booking form and our terms and conditions.
Half day or two twilight courses (3 hours) £525
2 hour talk or presentation for whole staff or group on any topic £370
Whole day training -
Small schools (up to 12 attendees) £700
Larger schools and clusters of schools £900 - £1100
Key note speaker and workshops £250 - £550