Date of Next Course: TBA May 2019
Location: The Space Centre, Preston PR2 2TH
Course Tutor: Julia Dyer MCSP BSc (Hons), Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner, Consultant Children’s Physiotherapist
How can we understand and address some of the sensory difficulties we see in children and adults with autism? How can I extend my knowledge and skills in working in this area?
Recent research has found that up to 95% of children with autism have significant sensory processing problems. This has been recognised in the diagnostic criteria for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) for autism. NICE guidelines also recognise the significant sensory difficulties in children and adults with autism. Increasingly, teachers and health professionals working with children and adults with autism are expected to have an understanding of the sensory processing difficulties faced by those with autism, as well as the ability to implement simple strategies and alter the environment to accommodate the individual’s sensory needs. Additionally, for establishments that are seeking Autism Accreditation, ‘Sensory Issues’ is one of the core standards.
"Exactly what I was hoping for - very thought provoking and helpful for our ASC accreditation work."
The aim of this one day extension course is to provide teachers and health professionals, who have a basic understanding of sensory processing difficulties, with the skills needed to apply that understanding to the everyday difficulties that children and adults with autism experience in different settings. This course will further develop participant’s knowledge base including the neuroscience of sensory processing, and the ability to apply this knowledge to set up more complex strategies, both for individuals as well as whole school/curriculum (and other setting) strategies. There will be a practical session in the large sensory room at The Space Centre.
This course is suitable for people who have attended an introductory day in sensory processing disorder and would like to build upon the knowledge gained in the course ‘Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder’.
This course is suitable for SENCOs, class teachers and staff supporting children with autism in schools.
The course is suitable for health care professionals working with children and adults with autism (eg physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, school nurses, nursery nurses, psychologists).
Outcomes of the course:
At the end of the course participants will be able to:
- Understand the range of sensory processing difficulties in children and adults with autism
- Be aware of current research and recent changes in diagnostic criteria
- Understand how sensory processing problems in autism impact on children and adult’s emotional and behavioural responses
- Modify an individual’s environment to accommodate their sensory needs in different settings
- Develop individualised strategies to enable children and adults with autism to participate more fully in their individual different settings
- Develop whole school (setting) strategies to address the sensory needs of children and adults with autism
For more detailed information download the course programme.
"Met and exceeded my expectations. I found the neuroscience very interesting and really thought provoking"
This day builds on the knowledge gained on the introductory course, ‘Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder’. To attend this course you must have either attended that course or provide evidence that you have attended a similar introductory day course on sensory integration or have a similar level of knowledge.
Cost of course:
(includes lunch, refreshments and comprehensive course file)
£185 for a single place
£100 for a parent place
"An excellent course that will help develop my own practice and with the development of a personalised curriculum"