Verbal Children with ASD (10 weeks)

Tuesday, 17 Apr 2018 7pm - 9pm

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Session 1: What is communication and where does ASD fit? • Identify the processes involved in communication • Understand the nature of ASD and the impact it has on communication, learning and social development Session 2: Sensory Integration and ASD • Understand sensory difficulties individuals with ASD experience. • Learn how to identify different sensory patterns and strategies to manage individuals who present in these different ways. Session 3: Understanding the role of NVC and the importance of structure • Identify nonverbal communication behaviours. • Understand what is meant by visual and physical structure and why it is important. • Learn about the development of attention. • Explore ways of adding physical structure and schedules to the environment. Session 4: Using visual helpers and developing memory • Use a wide range of visual supports in the learning setting. • Understand how memory develops and learn how to use mind maps. Session 5: Developing vocabulary, sequencing and narrative skills • Develop activities to facilitate the learning of descriptive vocabulary with an emphasis on emotional vocabulary. • Learn strategies to support development of storytelling and writing Session 6: Understanding beyond simple sentences • Present a language scheme model which supports verbal reasoning skills, including why and how questions, inferences, sequencing, predicting. • Understand the relevance of this model to the pupil with ASD. Session 7: Developing interaction • Learn how to use evidence based interaction strategies and how to modify them for the individual with ASD. • Understand how a lack of theory of mind affects an individual with an ASD. • Know how to use chat cartoons to promote social interaction. Session 8: Developing pragmatic skills • Develop an understanding of pragmatic language skills. • Learn how to observe pupils with these difficulties. • Explore strategies to support pupils with pragmatic language difficulties Session 9: Behaviour is Communication • Understand that individuals communicate through their behaviour. • Understand why communication difficulties might lead to challenging behaviour. Session 10: Making sense of it all • Present evidence of applying knowledge within

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