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AsIAm School Workshops

School Workshops

 ‘Within the child lies the fate of the future.’ – Dr. Maria Montessori

Education is central to the work of AsIAm. Below are the following education

programmes that we offer to schools:

Staff Training

Our staff training workshops are designed for all staff members within an

educational setting (e.g., teachers, special needs assistants, principals,

caretakers, clerical staff, librarians, secretaries, etc.)

A staff training session is delivered in a two hour slot, with 90 minutes

allocated for the presentation and 30 minutes allocated for questions and

answers. Topic covered during the session include:

– Autism definition and diagnostic information

– Conditions frequently diagnosed alongside autism

– Common misconceptions in relation to autism

– Building empathy for the autism experience

– Communication, sensory processing and social challenges

– Inclusive practices to support autistic students

We will encourage participants to challenge their perceptions of autism and

autistic people. There will be interactive games and video footage designed to

build an awareness among participants about what it is like to live as an

autistic person.

 

Student Workshop / Whole School Talk

Our student workshops are designed for secondary school students from 1st –

6th year. Through this programme, we aim is to build an awareness of autism

and foster empathy among students for their peers on the autism spectrum.

Student workshops are delivered in a 60 minute time slot and cover the

following topics:

– What is autism?

– Common misconceptions in relation to autism

– Building empathy for the autism experience

– Communication, sensory processing and social challenges

 

Interactive games and video footage will be included to build awareness

among participants of what it is like to live as an autistic person. For senior

students, themes of mental health and community supports may be included.

Students will complete a group task at the workshop’s end, designed to

facilitate peer learning and will have an opportunity to ask questions of the

facilitator.

We also deliver student talks to large year groups or the whole school.

These talks are purely information based, the same information is covered as

in the student workshops, however they are not interactive.

 

Parents/Guardian Talks

Our parent/guardian talks are delivered in a 90 minute time slot to

parents/guardians of children within an education setting. These talks are

quite beneficial for parents/guardians of a particular year group in which there

are autistic students, to build awareness and empathy among those who may

not have a clear understanding of autism. We hope that this will encourage

dialogue, strengthen relationships among families and give rise to more

productive engagements in the future. Topic covered during the session

include:

– Autism definition and diagnostic information

– Conditions frequently diagnosed alongside autism

– Common misconceptions in relation to autism

– Building empathy for the autism experience

– Communication, sensory processing and social challenges

– Community supports available for under 18s on the autism spectrum

60 minutes is allocated for the delivery of the talk, with 30 minutes allocated

for questions and answers. We will encourage participants to challenge their

perceptions of autism and autistic people. There will be interactive games and

video footage designed to build an awareness among participants about what

it is like to live as an autistic person.

 

Costing

AsIAm does not receive specific funding for this programme and demand for

delivery of our education programmes is high. Consequently, there is a fee for hosting a workshop. We aim to make our costing competitive with other

educational training companies – noting that all funds raised go into our

advocacy and education work.

AsIAm as an organisation is acutely conscious of each student’s individual

rights. We are governed by policies relating to the safety of children,

vulnerable persons and data protection.  For this reason, certain protocols are

in place for our speakers and the school that they visit, which will be

discussed further when booking a speaker from AsIAm.

 

If you would like to make an inquiry about our school programmes, please

email brendan@asiam.ie.

 

If you would like to book a talk / workshop for your school, please fill out this

form.

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