Understanding Neurodiversity

Understanding and Supporting Autistic Learners: Universal Autism Training

The Educational Psychology Service has worked collaboratively with partner agencies to develop an online training package available for all staff working with autistic learners.  This reflects a growing need for supporting the development of a whole-school approach to meeting the needs of autistic children and young people.  The aims of the course are to build individual practitioner’s confidence levels and knowledge base surrounding autism, as well as to help facilitate an establishment to develop a consistent whole-school approach.

The course will be available online via ALDO and will comprise 5 distinct modules with associated activities to help to embed the learning.  Each module is designed to offer a ‘taster’ of the themes to consider when supporting autistic learners and takes approximately 1 hour to complete.  Extension materials are signposted throughout the course for those wishing to delve deeper into a topic.

The five modules are outlined below:

  • About Autism, We were expecting you
  • Cognitive Theories
  • Communication
  • Understanding Sensory Behaviours
  • Anxiety

Understanding Sensory Behaviours

An ALDO course has been created collaboratively with Aberdeenshire educational establishments and NHS Occupational Therapy to enhance practitioners’ understanding of sensory needs and how these can be supported in education.  There are four modules in the course. The first of these modules helps us understand how everyone has sensory needs and preferences. The next module further develops skills and knowledge around targeted support needs. A further module focuses on interventions and adaptations that can help meet sensory needs and considers the school environment in addition to the curriculum. The final module focuses on the creation and utilisation of sensory spaces in school.

Click here to access the online course.

Other topics & areas of interest

Through planning with individual schools and settings EPs can provide bespoke professional learning inputs in a number of other areas

For example:

  • Self-regulation
  • Executive functioning
  • ADHD and neurodiversity
  • Autism and social communication difficulties

Schools should discuss their training and development needs with the allocated school EP.

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