Big Autism Play Day 4!

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A jam-packed day full of ideas about how to support a child’s social, emotional & communication development by building on their sensory profile & interests – through play!

Learning Outcomes

  • introduction to the play style in autism
  • understanding the patterns of difficulties & differences in autism and how to use this to develop learning and play
  • tailoring your communication & environment to support play
  • building solid support strategies for pupils with autism to develop communication, interaction & engagement
  • creating connections with others
  • identifying potential barriers to play & ways to overcome these
  • creating appropriate sensory spaces
  • using vibration & ‘clonker boards’ to develop joint attention and participation
  • creating irresistible sensory toys ‘on a shoestring’
  • hands & hand play – how to engage and explore
Introducing our guest keynote speaker!
Robyn Steward – ‘Autism from a person, not a textbook.’

Robyn looks at what is means to autistic, debunks some of the myths & explains the confusing jargon used when discussing autism. She argues that knowledge of autism is essential for building strategies which when implemented, mean learners receive a consistent & holistic approach which takes into account how autism affects them as an individual.

Robyn Steward has ten disabilities, including autism, and is still affected by it on a daily basis. However, she has built up an international career as an autism consultant and trainer, friendships and a life. Her disabilities have influenced her lifestyle but she tries to change every negative into a positive and encourages others to do the sameRobyn also helps to change government policies and raise awareness for people on the Autistic spectrum, as a National Autistic Society (NAS) Ambassador.

Our other presenters include:

  • Richard Hirstwood has extensive experience in special education – giving him the insight into what works, and more importantly, what doesn’t, in multi sensory practice.
  • Chris Barson founded Positive About Autism in January 2009 and has a long involvement with disability and autism.
  • Judy Denzilo is a specialist in developing sensory play opportunities for children and adults – bringing a treasure trove of fabulous resources to explore
  • Naomi Rosenberg has been a Teacher of the Deaf for pupils with complex needs with 20 years experience.  She has created, and adapted, as wealth of materials to bring music & communication to life.
  • Carol Allen is the Advisory Teacher for ICT and SEN in North Tyneside LA.  Recognising that communication lies at the heart of all effective teaching, the majority of her work has centred on creative and engaging use of technology to support communication in its widest sense.
Agenda
9.30am Welcome & Introductions
9.45am – 10.45am ‘Playing different, learning different, thinking
different: breaking down barriers to play’ – Chris Barson.
10.45am COFFEE
11am – 12.30pm ‘Autism from a person, not just a text book’ –
Robyn Steward.
12.30pm – 1.30pm LUNCH
1.30pm – 2.45pm Choice of Workshops:
  • ‘We have connection! Standby for play lift off! Creating ‘connection’ & ‘meaning’ with little ones on the spectrum’ – Chris Barson
  • ‘Hands on? Hands off?’ – Carol Allen
  • ‘The BIG Clonkerboard Workshop’ – Naomi Rosenberg
  • ‘It’s a material world – making irresistible sensory toys’ – Judy Denzilo
2.45pm TEA
3.00pm – 4pm ‘Grand Designs! Multi sensory spaces that work!’
Richard Hirstwood
4pm Close & Farewell!
Why the ‘Big Autism Play Day’?

Evidence seems to suggest that parents get an inkling that their child is on a different. and sometimes unusual, ‘development trajectory’ early on.

It might just be “the way they look at things” or the length of time they spend looking at things. It might be what they spend time looking at. It’s often stuff that other kids don’t seem too interested in. It might also be to do with what they avoid looking at. Like us for instance!

One thing is for sure – young folk with autism have a whole different bunch of systems for finding out about and exploring their world. So it’s vital for parents and practitioners to be able to tune in to the learning strengths and preferences of young people on the spectrum. This might be incorporating special interests to motivate and make learning ‘irresistible’ or bringing  more visual and sensory elements to play. Or more repetition.

How do we get play going with a child who seems to want to be alone? How do we help them to become more regulated, interested and engaged with us? How can we play in a way that will support children’s development and be fun for everyone?

When and where?
10 March 2017 – Manchester
17 March 2017 – London
Who should come to this? 

The Big Autism Play Day focuses on supporting pupils aged roughly 2 to 19 years (all abilities) and might be helpful for: Parents, Foster Carers,Teachers, Learning Support Assistants, Early Years Practitioners / Nursery Nurses, Play Workers, Respite / Short Breaks Providers, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and other autism professionals.

Course notes?

All pertinent presentations & documents from the day will be available on our website, for you to continue your learning journey long after the training has finished.

Times & housekeeping: 

The day begins from 9am for coffee and registration, with the presentations starting at 9.30am. We will finish around 4pm. All refreshments & lunch will be provided.

Previous delegates have said:

‘Great team – excellent presentations’ Helen Nicolson, Bexley
‘I enjoyed the pre-course portal – it set the scene well’ Mary Pope, Palatine School
‘This is the best course I’ve ever been on – loved it!’ Steph Knight, Addington School
‘Good balance – loved the practical examples’ Kate Nixon, NAS
‘An inspirational, applicable & energising day’ Esther Knott, Salvation Army
‘More time for play and discussion’ Emma Bennett, Willowdene School
‘Speakers to have longer!’ – Sophie Alldis, Woodlands School
‘Make the course over two days – I’d have loved a second day!’ Hayley Reader, Waverley School

Cost?

Early Bird Tickets – £245 plus VAT per place BEFORE 10 February 2017, including refreshments & lunch.

Standard Tickets – £275 plus VAT per place AFTER 10 February 2017, including refreshments & lunch.