Autism is now widely acknowledged in society. But did you know that people on the autistic spectrum can have great imagination? That some might not be able to speak, but can create complex language using electronic aids? Did you know that sensory issues can often be a fundamental cause of challenging behaviour? When you have worked with one person on the spectrum, you have learned about ONE person on the spectrum. There is always something new to learn about autism. Personal accounts, discussion of associated issues and behaviour analysis with an ‘autism filter’ will all be covered to promote a spectrum wide, positive focus on autism.
Various versions and levels of autism related training can be devised and delivered by SensationALL staff Susan Strachan & Adele Lindsay
‘Super nanny’ can teach us the basics about behaviour management, but what do we do when that doesn’t work? Dealing with young people who have MSN often requires a more ‘out of the box’ way of thinking. This workshop will cover basic behaviour analysis and also introduce the importance of developing both PROactive, REactive and Crisis Management strategies for effective behavioural management.
Various versions and levels of behaviour related training can be devised and delivered by SensationALL staff Susan Strachan & Adele Lindsay
Many young people today have very busy and frenetic lives. A constant lifestyle full of stimulation, less boundaries and quiet times can result in many of them struggling to keep themselves regulated and in control of their emotions. We focus on the importance of encouraging young people to learn about identifying and coping with their key emotions, signs of stress or triggers. We discuss different forms of self-regulation including integrating stress–reducing and relaxation strategies into your day, (these can also be applied to siblings, or even yourself!!)
“Try it (SensationALL) out – there is not another service that provides this in the same way; the ladies have a vast amount of knowledge & experience.”
Struggling to teach children and young people the necessary skills in readiness for starting school or becoming more independent in life? Come and learn more about promoting independence skills, graded support and using MSN good practice to develop skills such as; toileting, dressing, organisation, confidence, motor and play skills.
These workshops can focus on independence skills for younger children starting school or for older young people struggling with transitions and leading a more empowered life.
Growing up can be a difficult time for many young people, for those with MSN and their families, it can be a very challenging time! In this workshop we will cover the physical, psychological and emotional changes that happen in young people and how you can begin to introduce key concepts like; relationship circles and safe/appropriate touch. Case studies and personal accounts will be used focusing on how to develop practical strategies, use of visual supports and references to accessible resources.
This is a general introduction to growing up and does not cover Sex Education – it is aimed at pre & adolescent ages/abilities. A range of ability and communication levels are discussed and covered.
Outline of why visual communication works! We focus on a comprehensive look at different forms of communication; how to promote effective daily communication; the impact of behaviour and independence skills; incorporating the use of various visual support and structured learning in different settings.
This can be a practical workshop, but ideally works well as a precursor to the Practical MSN Strategies.
Provides hands-on opportunities to experiment and try out practical strategies and approaches commonly used when dealing with young people with MSN. Bring your own ‘challenges’ or we can work through example case studies so that you go away with ‘ready to use’ strategies.
Outlines the importance of movement in a child’s overall development. Focus on how child led movement based play promotes learning, health and emotional well-being. ‘Movement Zones’ will be discussed and ideas about how to create them in different setting. Common issues for young people with MSN will be considered, with the importance of ‘active learning’ and the integration of yoga & educational kinesiology highlighted.
“Enjoyed seeing my son enjoying himself in safe non-judgemental environment.”
Outlines sensory development, sensory processing disorders & common impairments. This is an interactive workshop where participants will be expected to participate in different sensory ‘experiences’ and as a result, consider appropriate accommodation measures. This workshop is a good base for attending the Sensory Room Design & Use.
Ever thought that your MSN youngster would benefit from a calming corner? Wondered why particular children struggle to sit down for any length of time, engage in bizarre behaviour or don’t seem to be able to cope at school? Come & find out why that might be – how to create small, integrated sensory areas within your environment for a relatively low cost.
Fully comprehensive day outlining common presentations of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the everyday functional challenges of an ASD young person both at home and in the educational setting. ‘Golden Nuggets’ of key strategies will be discussed. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their professional practice, strategies and the application of different approaches. This will include highlighting the importance of communication, environmental adaptation, use of structure/routine, behavioural analysis and modification. Staff will benefit from having attended the ‘Becoming Autism Friendly’ introduction or have some prior ASD knowledge. It will be of optimal benefit to those who have experience or who are currently working with young people on the autistic spectrum