Autism Spectrum workshop

Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshop

Chloe Farahar | MBPsS 

In this workshop Chloe Farahar (University of Kent PhD student) demonstrates a critical perspective on what is presently called Autism Spectrum “Disorder”, and helps provide practical advice on how to approach and support neuro-divergent students. 

Please note that this workshop contains real-life narratives about being autistic.

Workshop overview:

  • What is autism – what it is not (myths and misconceptions)
  • What psychology is catching up with
  • Why autism is not a disorder

(more detailed layout):

  • What is autism – what it is not (myths and misconceptions)
    • Autistic strengths
    • Mind your language
  • What psychology is catching up with:
    • Autism is more than an “extreme male brain”
    • Autistic people are also:
    • Men, women, non-binary, trans, queer people who do not experience autism as an “extreme male brain” – external vs. internal phenotype/expression
  • Why autism is not a disorder
    • How different psychological disciplines can approach a phenomenon differently (theoretically, methodologically etc.)
    • Why humanity is neuro-diverse

If time/required, Chloe can also provide a short presentation on her personal autistic experiences:

  • Autistic childhood, school, and “friends”
  • Teenage years and “friends”
  • Stimming
  • My kind of relationship
  • Difficulties
  • Strengths
  • What would I change…
  • Advocates
  • No, I may not “look” like your child…

What past attendees of the course had to say:

“I genuinely think the course is fascinating and Chloe is a fantastic teacher. I am very impressed by how inclusive her style is and how her enthusiasm for the topic comes over. This feeling [is] definitely shared by others.” – Porchlight Charitable Organisation, March 2019

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Time requirements: This workshop suits a two hour (plus) timeframe to incorporate interaction, reflection, and discussion.

Attendees: There are no limits as to the number who can attend, and the workshop has been delivered to both small (e.g. 10) and large groups (80). The workshop is appropriate for all age groups and backgrounds (upwards of age 14 years+), and has been carried out with: teenage school children; foundation degree students; degree students; charitable organisation staff/volunteers; support and well-being staff etc. An estimate of participant numbers nearer the day is appreciated.

Workshop delivery requirements: PLEASE NOTE: Chloe has her own projector, stand, and screen – but please inform her if you have your own she can use.  Ideally, the workshop requires a room with speakers/audio capability for a video with sound; and a wipe board (if time for a two-hour workshop then flip-chart paper and pens for attendees would be appreciated).  This workshop has been carried out in lecture theatres; smaller group-work rooms; school halls etc. – all rooms can be used for the delivery of this workshop, and it is down to your room availability/attendee size.

To discuss Chloe delivering any of her workshops or talks please contact us here:

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