The Special Educational Needs and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan sets our clear ambitions for identifying and meeting the needs of all children. Around 70% of all children with autism are estimated to be educated in mainstream settings. Without the right support, it is unlikely that these children will fulfil their potential and be set up for long term success.
Join us for this half day masterclass to improve your understanding of autism so that you are better able to support autistic pupils in your setting. During the course of the day Sam will look at how you can adapt the learning environment to make it more inclusive.
Who should attend?
SENCOs, Class Teachers, Pastoral Leads, Assistant Heads, Deputy Heads, Teaching Assistants and all members of the SLT.
Improve your understanding of autism and its common characteristics
Dispel common misconceptions around autism
Ensure your knowledge surrounding current guidance and law is up-to-date so that you understand your obligations
Understand how autistic characteristics can be different for girls
Better support autistic children in education
Make suitable adaptations and adjustment in order to develop a more inclusive environment
Better support transitions
Use the Autism Progression Framework to support individual development
Understand the link between autism and anxiety and how you can support children impacted by both
Improve your understanding of Pathological Demand Avoidance
Facilitator: Sam Garner
Sam is a renowned speaker, trainer and author specialising in mental health and SEN. She has been a SENCo in a large secondary school and is a qualified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and a Child and Adolescent Counsellor. Sam also set up a company providing mental health CBT programmes. She is in high demand to speak at conferences and events and provides in-house training for schools and companies, nationally and internationally. Lauded for her humour and ‘telling it like it is’ approach to mental health, Sam has had her book Mental Health in Education published by Routledge, and regularly writes for several publications with more books in the pipeline for publication.