Many teachers feel that their teaching qualifications did not prepare them to teach autistic students, yet autism occurs in 1 in 36 children, so they are highly likely to have an autistic child in their classroom. The webcast starts with understanding the autistic learning profile, including how to adapt teaching strategies so that an autistic student can learn the academic curriculum.
Understanding why autistic students behave the way they do and struggle to fit in socially and regulate their emotions provides vital clues to the best strategies to assist them in adapting successfully to the classroom and school environment.
We cover these topics and more:
- The autistic learning profile
- Managing executive functioning difficulties
- How autism presents differently in girls
- How to understand and relate to your autistic student
- Strategies to prevent and manage meltdowns and shutdowns
- Including emotions as part of the classroom curriculum
- Increasing motivation and attention
- Friendships and creating an inclusive social culture
- Special interests and their uses in the classroom
- Sensory issues and accommodations
The workshop includes a combination of didactic teaching, participant activities, and Q&A. Participants attend via link to a live presentation. They have access to a chat room where they can ask questions at any time. There is an opportunity to learn from workshop participants, as well as the trainers.
About the speakers
Prof Tony Attwood PhD With a remarkable career spanning five decades, Professor Tony Attwood is one of the world’s foremost specialists on Autism. Holding an Honour’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hull, a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Surrey, and a PhD from the University of London, his credentials are a testament to his expertise. Currently serving as an adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland, Professor Attwood’s impact has enriched the global understanding of autism.
Alongside Dr Michelle Garnett, Professor Attwood co-founded Attwood & Garnett Events in 2019, driven by the shared goal of enhancing autism awareness and understanding. Their shared vision seeks to reshape the narrative surrounding autism to create a world where autism is embraced, and the diverse strengths, talents, and perspectives of autistic individuals are celebrated. This transformative narrative fosters a more inclusive and accepting society, benefitting all its members.
Renowned for his extensive contributions to understanding Asperger’s Syndrome, now commonly referred to as autism, Professor Attwood has authored numerous publications on the subject. His seminal book, Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals debuted in 1998, resonated globally and has since found its voice in over 25 languages, making his insights accessible across cultures and continents.
With a dedicated commitment to practical application, he has run a private practice for 30 years, only recently closing his books due to a long waiting list. Beyond his clinical work, he dedicates significant time to travel, sharing insights and knowledge through workshops and seminars across national and international platforms.