Autism: Understand, Support, Thrive 5 day course

Date(s) - 05/06/2017 - 09/06/2017
9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Devon Disability Collective


BIS-net introduces our first ever intensive, immersion parent training event!

INTRODUCTORY RATE – £200 for a 5 day Ticket

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After the success and feedback of our 1 and 2 day parent workshops, we wanted to run something that would allow us to spend enough time with parents to ensure they came away with a real sense of learning and embedding approaches that have been making some genuinely life changing differences to the families we support within our individualised BIS-net services.

This first course has some specific requirements and will only have 10 places available to allow for a more individualised approach for those attending. All attendee’s must meet the following requirements:

* Have a child with an Autism diagnosis between the ages of 0 – 10.

* All days need to be attended

* A 2/5 minute video of you interacting with your child will be required before the course starts – a trainer will contact you regarding this.

This course looks to significantly increase parents understanding of not only Autism, but specifically their own child and situation. Autism is a spectrum of individuals with different needs, strengths and challenges. This course aims to make the parents feel more like the expert where their child is involved, by helping them connect many of the ideas and research around Autism to their own child.

Over the course of the 5 days we will cover:

  • Understanding Autism – An in depth focus on understanding Autism Historically, Culturally and in relation to society. Looking at how Autism can impact individuals behaviourally, neurologically and considering the most prominent and current theories surrounding Autism, as well as reviewing some of the research behind these ideas. An introduction to some of the more common interventions in use today, as well as a more in-depth look at those that have shaped this course.
  • Exploring your situation – Time to consider how Autism has impacted your relationship with your child. Helping you to find your own coping strategies and personalised support that you need to be in the best place to support your child’s development.
  • Challenging Behaviours – looking at why your child might be exhibiting certain behaviours, how Autism might be impacting this. Time spent on some generalised approaches to behaviour support for Autistic individuals, as well as activities to make these specific to your situation.
  • Building Interactions – looking at how to create opportunities to create interactions that will benefit your child and your relationship with them, taking a position to steer and support your childs social and emotional development.
  • Social & Emotional Development – looking at how Autism has impact certain development stages, how to promote them and specific interactions to do so.

Our course trainer Sam Harris is manager of the BIS-net service and a trained RDI [Relationship Development Intervention] consultant. He has spent over 10 years working with individuals with Autism as well as those who display behaviours that challenge and also has a background in Positive Behaviour Support as well as de-escalating aggression. He has been working with families and delivering parent workshops for the last 5 years with some extremely positive feedback and some clear and observable changes for parents and young people.

The immersive training experience and smaller group size will allow Sam to spend more time with each parent on a 1-1 basis, helping them match what they learn to their own child and situation, as well as focusing on those areas that may be the most important starting point. It will also give time for parents to meet others and share with those going through similar challenges, supporting and motivating each other along the way.

To ensure the training is as specific as possible the following will be included in the course:

  • Trainer will spend time looking at clips of you interacting with your child to guide information presented.
  • Work books provided to relate techniques and approaches to your child and situation.
  • By the end of the course you will have a specific interaction plan for your child, with areas of development to focus on and approaches to be able to do so.

The course will run from 9:30am until 2:30pm each day and although lunch is not provided, a good selection of refreshments and snacks will be.

We hope you can join us for an immersive, informative and empowering week.