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Learn how autism might affect a child’s education and sensible, practical, inclusive strategies to make their experiences more positive

This event will look at the difficulties that autistic children might have during their education. We understand that managing a whole class can be hard work, so the strategies we suggest are likely to benefit the whole class as well as make your teaching more effective. Teaching children empathy from a young age for example, can really make a huge difference and can result in an overall calmer classroom.

This event is a great opportunity to:

  • learn insight and strategies from people who really live with the condition
  • meet and chat with other people
  • find out what information and support is available locally
  • see and purchase the amazing range of the girl with the curly hair books

This event is suitable for:

  • Anyone in the education sector working with autistic children and young people
  • Parents and carers

Talk: Managing autism in the classroom

How might autism affect a child during lessons? What can a teacher or teaching assistant do to best support them?

Talk: Becoming more productive and efficient: a look at executive function

Executive function is the set of mental skills that help people get things done. The skills include: working memory, organisation, planning, prioritising, starting and completing tasks, flexible thinking and impulse control. Executive function is often impaired in autistic people and has big consequences on all aspects of their life. ‘Difficult’ and ‘challenging’ behaviours can be caused by impaired executive function. Discover strategies to improve it and enjoy being more productive and more efficient.

Workshop: Understanding challenging behaviour

Many of the behaviours demonstrated by autistic children are commonly described as “challenging.” We explore what “challenging” really means and consider whether a more accurate description of “challenging” might actually be “atypical. Is it a bit more accurate therefore, to say that behaviours neurotypical people are not used to can be perceived as challenging?

We look at the underlying reasons for these unusual behaviours exhibited by autistic children. We think you will find that once you understand what the reasons are, you will see the child in a different, more positive light. There are some straightforward strategies that can be used to manage this behaviour, leading to a much happier child and a more peaceful classroom.

Video: A Day At Primary School For The Girl With The Curly Hair

Your chance to watch a short film written and directed by Alis Rowe, autistic woman and founder of The Curly Hair Project, with time for discussion and review of the film afterwards.

 

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