ASD Courses

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We have a large variety of courses about ASD available, as well as the ability to create bespoke material, tailor made to your requirements. Below you will find information on the courses we currently offer:

  • ASD – The Essentials
  • ASD and Socialising
  • ASD and Anxiety
  • ASD and Understanding Challenging Behaviour
  • ASD and Sensory Processing
  • Autistic Meltdowns and Shutdowns
  • Primary to Secondary Transition with ASD
  • Transition to Adulthood with ASD
  • ASD and Education
  • ASD and Family Relationships
  • Puberty, Sexuality and Relationships with ASD
  • ASD and Females
  • ASD in the Workplace
  • ASD and Reasonable Adjustments
  • Adapting Therapy for People on the Autism Spectrum

ASD – The Essentials (CPD)

Content:

This workshop looks at the foundations of the complicated – often misunderstood – condition known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This workshop covers the following topics:

  • the triad of impairments
  • personality types/how personality can influence the way ASD is expressed
  • co-occuring conditions
  • why a diagnosis is important
  • reasonable adjustments in society (the workplace, education, etc.)

This workshop meets Continual Professional Development criteria at the basic level.

Audience:

  • individuals newly diagnosed
  • parents and families
  • teachers and teaching staff
  • health professionals

This workshop is relevant to both males and females.

Feedback:

“I like the visual imagery, it’s so easy to understand.”

“The work demonstrates all the theory but with personal experience and insight to back it up.”

“I liked the use of comic strip to illustrate key points and use of visuals.”

Find out when and where our next An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder workshop is, or contact us to make a booking.

ASD and Socialising (CPD)

Content:

This course looks at the triad of impairments and therefore why socialising may be hard for someone with ASD and how it can be made easier. This workshop covers the following topics:

  • the triad of impairments
  • understanding the individual’s intrinsic capacity and natural desire for socialising
  • strategies to make social situations easier
  • what difference does it make whether you are an introvert or an extrovert?

This workshop meets Continual Professional Development criteria at an intermediate level.

Audience:

  • individuals on the spectrum
  • parents and families
  • teachers and other professionals

This workshop is relevant to both males and females.

Feedback:

“Finding out about social energy was a light bulb moment!”

“I realised how important it is to find out about social energy and the balance, so as not to end up on a negative.”

“I was very interested in introversion and extroversion and how they affect the way our autism is expressed.”

“I have Asperger’s and find many things a struggle, especially the social aspects. I often feel isolated, lonely, depressed and angry but it was such a help listening to Alis and her own experiences which are similar to mine and I understood it all which made me feel a little better I’m myself.”

“I really enjoyed all the interaction between Sam and Alis. That in itself is a good demonstration of how these social skills can become learnt. I also really appreciated their sense of humour.”

Find out when and where our next ASD and Socialising workshop is, or contact us to make a booking.

ASD and Anxiety (CPD)

Content:

  • comparison of anxiety in autistic people vs neurotypical people
  • emotional understanding and regulation
  • CBT
  • strategies for managing anxiety in day to day life

This workshop meets Continual Professional Development criteria at an intermediate level.

Audience:

  • individuals on the spectrum
  • parents and families
  • teachers and other professionals

In the past, we have had teenagers come to this workshop, who really enjoyed it and participated in the interactive elements.

This workshop is relevant to both males and females.

Feedback:

“It is the first time my son has ever been able to attend an ASD event of any kind and could relate to so much. He came away understanding so much more about himself. Thank you!”

“Very well structured. Clarity of information. “Straight to the point” way of delivering information made easy for our daughter to follow & understand. Alis’s willingness to share her own feelings made the whole session very meaningful & personal, many thanks!”

“I loved the fact that the whole presentation is delivered from both the NT and ASD perspective, really helps a person on the spectrum to see where their experience may differ from the ‘norm’. This also helps to see why it’s so important to be able to explain the difficulties you may experience – as NT’s may not realise/understand.”

“I went to this workshop and it was AMAZING! Very thought provoking and useful. Thanks so much.”

“This workshop was a good reminder of how hard my sons find life every single day. It’s so easy to forget how challenging the world is for them because they ‘look’ fine. I got so much out of it – thank you!”

“It was by far the most helpful and informative training I’ve attended since my son’s diagnosis 2 years ago. Thank you!”

Find out when and where our next ASD and Anxiety; Strategies for Daily Life workshop is, or contact us to make a booking.

ASD and Understanding Challenging Behaviour (CPD)

Content:

  • the 4 main causes of challenging behaviour
  • rigidity, avoidance and repetitive questioning
  • self-injurious behaviour
  • improving the environment and improving communication to change these behaviours

Audience:

  • parents and families
  • teachers and teaching staff

This workshop is relevant to both males and females.

Feedback:

“You’ve given me a whole new perspective, thank you. I’m coming back to more talks and bringing family members and colleagues.”

“Any information describing how a person with ASD thinks and WHY. I don’t understand ‘why’ my ASD child behaviours the way she does. Knowing why helps me to empathise and be able to offer her more practical help.”

 

Find out when and where our next ASD and Understanding Challenging Behaviour workshop is, or contact us to make a booking.

ASD and Sensory Processing (CPD)

Content:

This workshop looks at the sensory challenges that people have in addition to – or because of – their ASD. This workshop covers the following topics:

  • what are sensory processing difficulties?
  • hyper vs hyposensitivites
  • the impact of sensory difficulties on behaviour
  • how do sensory sensory difficulties affect sleep, diet and exercise
  • making the environment more comfortable

This workshop meets Continual Professional Development criteria at an intermediate level.

Audience:

  • individuals with ASD
  • parents and families
  • occupational therapists
  • clinical professionals

This workshop is relevant to both males and females.

Feedback:

“I didn’t realise how much of an impact my son’s sensory system was having. He wasn’t able to articulate it to me and I hadn’t known for many years! Thank you so much Alis as I have not come across anything anywhere else that described it so succinctly for me to relate to.”

“A very important subject which is greatly neglected elsewhere.”

“It was a serious eye-opener.”

Find out when and where our next ASD and Sensory Processing workshop is, or contact us to make a booking.

Autistic Meltdowns and Shutdowns (CPD)

Content:

This workshop covers the following topics:

  • what are meltdowns and shutdowns
  • causes, anticipation and prevention
  • how to help during a meltdown
  • meltdowns in public places

This workshop meets Continual Professional Development criteria at an intermediate level.

Audience:

  • individuals on the spectrum
  • parents and families
  • teachers and teaching staff

This workshop is relevant to both males and females.

Feedback:

“I got a bit emotional as the things that were being explained were happening to me.”

“Very insightful. I was nodding along going, ‘yes, that’s me.'”

“The slides were packed with relevant and useful information that was clearly delivered by someone with experience of ASD who was happy to share her own experience and observations, but equally welcomed and incorporated comments and contributions by the course participants.”

Find out when and where our next Autistic Meltdowns and Shutdowns workshop is, or contact us to make a booking.

Primary to Secondary Transition with ASD (CPD)

Content:

This workshop looks at problems that may occur when a child transitions from primary to secondary school. This workshop covers the following topics:

  • telling your child about their diagnosis
  • changing friendships
  • preparing for puberty
  • choosing a school
  • adjusting to the new school
  • building self-esteem

This workshop meets Continual Professional Development criteria at an intermediate level.

Audience:

  • parents and families
  • teachers and teaching staff

We encourage both parents and teachers to come along as working together ensures the child’s transition is as stress-free as possible.

This workshop is relevant to both males and females.

Feedback:

“Very good information on what we can do for transition. I liked the at home ideas.”

“The transitions tips for parents and professionals were very helpful.”

Find out when and where our next Primary to Secondary Transition with ASD workshop is, or contact us to make a booking.

Transition to Adulthood with ASD (CPD)

Content:

This workshop looks at the process of leaving school after GCSEs and what happens next. This workshop covers the following topics:

  • Post-16 options
  • CAMHS to AMHS
  • Becoming independent
  • Maintaining friendships and making new friends
  • Building romantic relationships
  • Diet and exercise

This workshop meets Continual Professional Development criteria at an intermediate level.

Audience:

  • individuals on the spectrum
  • parents and families
  • secondary and further education teachers and teaching staff

We encourage both parents and teachers to come along as working together ensures the young person’s transition is as stress-free as possible.

This workshop is relevant to both males and females.

Feedback:

“Very interesting to hear about the many facets relating to relationship issues for those on the spectrum.”

“Helpful and practical information delieved with fun and humour.”

Find out when and where our next Transition to Adulthood with ASD workshop is, or contact us to make a booking.

ASD and Education

Content:

This workshop looks at the experience of a child/teenager with autism spectrum disorder at secondary school. We will discuss:

  • communication strategies
  • challenging behaviour
  • homework
  • friendships
  • sensory processing
  • girls with ASD

This workshop meets Continual Professional Development criteria at an intermediate level.

Audience:

  • parents and families
  • children/teenagers with ASD
  • teachers and teaching staff

Find out when and where our next ASD and Education workshop is, or contact us to make a booking.

ASD and Family Relationships

Content:

A child’s autism affects every member of the family in different ways. In this workshop we give insight and strategies on topics including:

  • parental expectations of the autistic child/young person
  • worrying about siblings
  • coping with meltdowns

Audience:

  • parents of teenagers and young children with ASD
  • families

This workshop is relevant to both males and females.

Feedback:

“Very positive focus and holistic advice on all aspects from the AS and NT perspective. Detailed focus on the effects of autism on the NT sibling.”

“The whole session was relevant to the real family experience of living with Autism and offered insightful help and advice.”

“The slides are a very simple and informative way to illustrate/support the talks.”

“I liked the practical strategies offered for involving the AS family member in family life via prompting and household chores.”

Find out when and where our next ASD and Family Relationships workshop is, or contact us to make a booking.

Puberty, Sexuality and Relationships

Content:

This workshop is based on girls and covers the following topics:

  • physical and emotional changes during puberty
  • questioning sexuality
  • periods
  • friendships
  • romantic relationships, boyfriends and dating

Audience:

  • parents and families
  • teenage girls with ASD

This workshop is relevant to females only.

Feedback:

“I unexpectedly took my 13 year old daughter who has Asperger’s and she was included in the seminar without feeling uncomfortable. Sam showed both kindness and knowledge, I was very impressed, thank you.”

“I really liked the practical examples given and the reassurance of hearing many similar experiences shared.”

“I thought the information about different types/expectations of relationships was particularly interesting and not something I’d really thought about before.”

Find out when and where our next Puberty, Sexuality and Relationships workshop is, or contact us to make a booking.

Females and ASD (CPD)

Content:

This workshop gives a personal insight of what it’s like to live with ASD as a female. As well as hearing a personal story, this workshop will cover the following themes:

  • why ASD is more commonly seen in males
  • why diagnosing females with ASD might be difficult
  • ‘masking’
  • differences between males and females with ASD

Audience:

  • females with ASD
  • parents and families
  • partners
  • clinical professionals

Feedback:

“It’s very inspiring to hear from a woman who has the condition.”

“I must say it’s been the best course I’ve been on that has explained asd and I’ve actually gone away feeling like I understand more about it now.”

“To be reminded about masking was really important. I have to remind myself that just because my daughter looks like he is coping, he will still need down time and I shouldn’t push her too much.”

Find out when and where our next Females and ASD workshop is, or contact us to make a booking.

ASD and Reasonable Adjustments (CPD)

Content:

This workshop is about ‘Reasonable Adjustments’ and covers the following topics:

  • definition of reasonable adjustments
  • what is/is not reasonable
  • making shops and services more inclusive
  • communication and 1 to 1 appointments
  • at work

This workshop meets Continual Professional Development criteria at the basic level.

Audience:

  • individuals with ASD
  • family members
  • teachers and teaching staff
  • business owners and employers

This workshop is relevant to both males and females.

Feedback:

Coming soon.

Find out when and where our next ASD and Reasonable Adjustments workshop is, or contact us to make a booking.

ASD in the Workplace

Content:

This workshop provides guidance for autistic adults about what they can expect work might be like. Content includes:

  • ‘Reasonable Adjustments’
  • The importance of a mentor
  • Interacting at work
  • Managing your workload
  • Maintaining a work-life balance
  • Dealing with anxiety in the workplace

This workshop meets Continual Professional Development criteria at an intermediate level.

Audience:

  • Young adults with ASD
  • Adults with ASD
  • Colleagues
  • Employers

Find out when and where our next ASD in the Workplace workshop is, or contact us to make a booking.

Adapting Therapy for People on the Autism Spectrum (CPD)

Content:

This course will look at how CBT and related talking therapies may be adapted to suit people on the autism spectrum. It will cover:

  • ‘Reasonable Adjustments’
  • First contact and screening
  • Starting and ending the session
  • The CBT model
  • Raising the issue of ASD

This workshop meets Continual Professional Development criteria at an intermediate level.

Audience:

  • Psychologists
  • Counsellors
  • CBT Therapists/High Intensity Therapists
  • Service Managers
  • Clinical Supervisors
  • Supporting Staff, e.g. Administrative Staff

Feedback:

“Really liked Alis giving us examples of her own thinking, to show us how it differs from the thoughts we usually come across. Also really liked the practical adaptions we can make to our practice. Really really helpful. I will be changing my practice in light of these suggestions.”

“I found it really helpful to have the input from Alis with her real life experiences and what it feels like for a person on the autistic spectrum to receive therapy in a traditional way. It was very useful to know that looking at their thoughts is not going to help as well as looking at their behaviours.”

“It was very helpful to see an insight into ASD individual’s thought patterns and content.”

“Made me realise where I have gone wrong in the past which was invaluable.”

“I am grateful to Alis that she shared this personal experience and her feedback on her own creative strategies to overcome some anxiety has been extremely helpful. Becoming a more directive coach, fewer open questions and taking a more directive approach in therapy will now equip me to further enhance my role as therapist and coach.”

Find out when and where our next Adapting Therapy for People on the Autism Spectrum course is, or contact us to make a booking.