Autism Theory and Practical Skills Training

Become an Autistic Ally – complete the following neurodiversity and autism training provided by Chloe and Annette from SYA? and gain Autistic Ally status

If your organisation does a minimum of 4 hours training with us you will receive Autistic Ally status for 18-months, and we will provide a glossy poster; window vinyl; and JPG/PNG badge you can use on your website/s; materials etc.
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Autism Theory and Practical Skills Training

Delivered by Chloe Farahar & Annette Foster

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In this training Chloe and Annette provide a theoretical understanding about autistic experience and practical knowledge about how to best support autistic people in whatever capacity you come into contact with them.  This training teaches you the basics of what autistic experience is, from autistic trainers with lived experience.  You will learn about appropriate language to talk to and about autistic people, and together we will combat myths and misconceptions about what autism is, and what it is not, relying heavily on both up-to-date research and our work with autistic students on a daily basis, as well as our own personal experiences.  You will not only learn about autistic experience, but we will discuss the practical things you can do to support autistic people to thrive.

Below is the possible layout for this training, which is split into two sessions:

  1. Theoretical understanding about autistic experience: Autism Spectrum Disorder
  2. Practical knowledge about how to best support autistic people: Putting Autistic Theory Into Practice

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

Chloe Farahar | MBPsS | tlt9@kent.ac.uk

In this session Chloe Farahar (University of Kent PhD student) demonstrates a critical perspective on what is presently called Autism Spectrum “Disorder”. 

 Session 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 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

Time requirements: This session suits a two hour timeframe to incorporate interaction, reflection, and discussion.


PUTTING AUTISTIC THEORY INTO PRACTICE

Annette Foster | annettepfoster@gmail.com

In this session Annette Foster (University of Kent PhD student) explains autistic differences, difficulties, and experiences that may need practical accommodation, and suggests how you might provide them.

 Session overview:

  • Example autistic experiences you may or may not be aware of
  • Practical skills you can use to help autistic people manage difficult experiences
  • How these difficulties are not inherently due to being neuro-divergent, but due to a difference in needs and experience of the environment

(more detailed layout):

  • Example autistic experiences you may or may not be aware of
    • Different learning styles, experiences, and strategies to help/manage
  • Practical skills you can use to help autistic people manage difficult experiences
    • Executive functioning issues/differences
    • Autistic inertia/flow states
    • Perfectionism and imposter syndrome
    • Specificity, vagueness, ambiguity – bluntness, to the point
    • Networking – urghhh!
    • Masking, camouflaging, mimicking –> burnout, shutdown
    • Sensory and social overwhelm –> overload, meltdown
  • How these difficulties are not inherently due to being neuro-divergent, but due to a difference in needs and the environment

 Time requirements: This session suits a two hour timeframe to incorporate interaction, reflection, and discussion.


Attendees: There are no limits as to the number who can attend, and the sessions have been delivered to both small (e.g. 10) and large groups (80). The sessions are appropriate for all age groups and backgrounds (upwards of age 14 years+), and have 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.

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

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