How can I understand and address some of the sensory processing differences I 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 difficulties. 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 professionals working with children and adults with autism are expected to understand the sensory processing differences 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.”Class Teacher
The aim of this three day online advanced course is to provide participants, who have a foundational understanding of sensory processing, with the skills needed to apply that understanding to the everyday difficulties that individuals 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. This course provides an extension to the knowledge gained on the course ‘Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder’.
Who should attend:
Teachers, teaching assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, school nurses, nursery nurses, psychologists, social workers, play therapists, social care staff, parents and other individuals seeking to gain a better understanding of autism and sensory processing disorder.
“Understanding the neuroscience has been really helpful to tie together my knowledge of sensory processing I now have the understanding of why and how information is processed.”Clinical team manager, CAMHS service
All training courses are delivered by Julia Dyer who holds advanced qualifications in sensory integration.
The course will be delivered using Zoom but recreating, as much as possible, all the positive aspects of an onsite course including learning together in small groups. One of my core beliefs is that for genuine understanding and learning to occur you, as the learner, need to be actively engaged in the learning process. To find out more see here
“An excellent course that will help develop my own practice and with the development of a personalised curriculum”Class teacher
At the end of this sensory processing and autism course, you will be able to:
- Describe the range of sensory processing difficulties observed in autism
- Explain how sensory processing problems in autism impact on an individual’s emotional and behavioural responses
- Outline the neuroscience foundations involved in arousal, regulation and sensory processing
- Modify an individual’s environment to accommodate their sensory needs in different settings
- Design individualised sensory strategies to enable individuals with autism to participate more fully in their individual different settings
- Propose whole school/setting strategies to address the sensory needs of individuals with autism
For more detailed information download the course programme here
This day builds on the knowledge gained on the introductory course, ‘Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder’. It is recommended that participants have either attended that course or have a similar level of knowledge.