Upcoming Course:

  • Tuesday 29th November 2022 (9.30pm - 12.30pm)

This course is delivered online. Our online courses are delivered by Microsoft Teams. Joining instructions for all online courses will be sent 1-2 days prior to the course start date. You will then have ongoing access to the system with the course materials after the course has finished.

To book a course, please find the date you desire on our booking page and select 'book now'

Course Overview:

Autism is one of the most high frequency needs early years practitioners meet, and practitioners are often the first to work with families to identify when a child’s development may show indicators of Autism. This practical course is intended to help with confidently identifying and meeting need, understanding how Autism and neurodiversity can affect a child’s early development and strategies to support them, and ensuring that their setting is not just inclusive but accessible.

Course aims:

  • Understand the traditional idea of the Autism Spectrum, and why this is not always the most helpful way to understand children’s needs.
  • Recognise the four key areas of difference for a child with Autism and the individual ways they may affect your child’s access to early years provision, play and learning.
  • Observe play, language, social interaction and communication skills and needs in greater depth in order to identify
    • where a child’s development may not be as expected
    • how their development may be affected by their Autism
    • make quality referrals sharing information with outside agencies to support a diagnostic pathway
    • plan effectively as to what your child’s next steps may be
  • Implement some key play approaches to support your child in learning to share agenda and cope with requests on adult terms
  • Observe and use some practical play strategies to support some key areas of speech, language and communication development, from children at the earliest stage of interaction to children learning to manage friendships and group social skills 
  • Support a child to manage and reduce their anxiety
  • Observe and plan to meet a child’s sensory needs, including sensory seeking or sensory avoidant
  • Look deeper into how Autism and neurodiversity can affect children in order to better support behaviours that may be communicating unmet need
  • Know the key things to consider when planning for an individual child who may be neurodiverse