Understanding and supporting Autistic Students Training
This training is specifically for those whom support autistic children/young people in educational settings and otherwise. It is a completely adaptable course that can be delivered in segments to your setting. The minimum length training session is 2 and 1/2 hours. It can be delivered in hour segments that can be scheduled daily or weekly up to 6- 8 hours in total. This course is adaptable to your setting needs.
Circle of Friends, sometimes known as Circle of Support, is a powerful tool for inclusion which was originally developed by Forest (et al, 1993) in North America. The values that underpin the Circle of Friends approach are, ‘full inclusion for all; the belief that there is not social justice until each belongs and has an equal place in our schools and communities,’ (Newton and Wilson, 1999, p.5). The Circle of Friends approach works by developing a support network around individuals in the school community who are experiencing social difficulties often due to a specific disability, difference or behaviour. Volunteers from the peer group meet regularly with the "target" pupil therefore ensuring that relationships are built around him/her. The group also problem solves with the target pupil in order to address any social difficulties that he/she may be experiencing in school. This approach has been used to great effect in many schools in order to ensure the inclusion of individual pupils.
Person Centred Thinking and Tools Training including One Page Profile
This refers to the foundation skills and tools that underlie all the discovery of who a person is and how they want to be supported. It is an ongoing process intended to change the way we plan, design and deliver care & support, ultimately aimed at helping people get better lives by listening to them well. These tools are vital to support autistic children and young people.