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Autism and me

 

By the end of this module you will have learned about the characteristics of children with autism and understand more about communication, social interaction, thinking and sensory processing.

  • You will have a profile of your child and their specific strengths and needs to share with others.

  • Ideally, you will work with other people who know the child to collect this information.

 

You will work through 5 modules with resources and videos to learn more about the key characteristics of children with autism:

  • What is autism?

  • Communication

  • Social interaction

  • Thinking

  • Sensory

 

At the end of each topic, you will complete an activity for the child you support to identify how they understand, respond and are unique in each of the characteristics.  This information is used during the last module to develop the profile that you can share with others. 

 

You will also use the profile to identify the learning needs and opportunities in the next course – How can we help?

How can we help? 

 

By the end of this module you will have learned many evidence-based strategies to support children with autism throughout their day and across the curriculum.

  • You will have planned a goal to support each of the key characteristics

  • These goals will be written into a plan for implementation

  • Ideally, you will work with other people who know the child to plan and implement these goals and plans

 

You will work through 5 modules with information, many resources and videos to learn more about strategies to support children with autism:

  • Visual supports and video

  • Communication strategies

  • Social interaction strategies

  • Thinking strategies

  • Using special interests for learning

  • Sensory strategies

 

At the end of each module, you can plan a goal for the next step for your child in each area and implement strategies across home and school.  If you work through the topics over several weeks, you will learn and better understand through your planning and implementation.  As each of your goals is achieved, you can come back to look at the next steps.

These goals and supports will provide the framework for an emotional regulation plan for the final course – Supporting behaviour. 

Supporting behaviour

 

By the end of this module you will have learned about the challenges of regulation for children with autism - how an environment which is rich in communication, social and sensory surprises might be like suddenly finding yourself inside a new game or movie.  You are constantly encountering experiences that you can’t make any sense of.   You are likely to be constantly anxious, and on the lookout for danger. 

 

You will:

  • Develop an emotional regulation plan to support your child in their environment(s)

  • Learn some strategies to understand and support their behaviour

  • Ideally, you will work with other people who know the child to plan and implement these goals and plans

 

In this course, you will work through 3 modules with information, many resources and videos to learn more about strategies to support emotional regulation and behaviour:

  • Emotional regulation plan

  • Positive behaviour supports

  • Functional behaviour assessment

 

At the end of the course, you will have an emotional regulation plan and strategies to support behaviour at times which are challenging for your student.