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Autism School Workshop

Education is central to the work of AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity. In this section, you will find information on the school talks which AsIAm deliver for school staff, students and parents. This is not to be confused with our more in-depth and long-term Autism Friendly Schools programme, which you can learn about here.

 

Staff Training – Building Autism Understanding & Inclusion in Education

Duration – 90 minutes (live online) / 2 hours (onsite, in person)

AsIAm staff training workshops are suitable for staff of primary and secondary schools, further education colleges and extra-curricular education settings. They are designed for the participation of all staff members within the setting. Topics covered during a staff training workshop include;

– Autism Definition and Diagnosis Information 

– Common Misconceptions

– A Strengths Based Approach to Autism

– Building Empathy for the Autism Experience 

– Communication, Sensory Processing, Social Imagination & Social Interaction

– Building an Inclusive School Culture 

– Q&A

Participants will be encouraged to challenge their perceptions of autism and autistic people and gain a greater understanding of their own school culture and environment from the perspective of an autistic student. Our staff training workshops can be facilitated either onsite in-person or live online by a designated AsIAm training officer.

 

Student Workshop / Whole School Talks – Autism Awareness and Understanding

Duration: Double class period (approx. 1 hour)

AsIAm student workshops are designed for secondary school students from 1st – 6th year. Through this programme, we aim to build an awareness of autism among young people and foster empathy for peers on the autism spectrum. Student workshops are delivered over a standard double class period, approximately 1 hour, and cover the following topics: 

– Building awareness of the autism experience 

– Common misconceptions about autism 

– Making our schools and communities inclusive places 

– Q&A 

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. Our student workshops can be facilitated either onsite in-person or live online by a designated AsIAm training officer.

 

Parents/Guardian Talk – Autism Awareness and Understanding

Duration – 90 minutes

Our Autism Awareness talk for parents/guardians is delivered in a 90 minute time slot for both primary and secondary school communities. These awareness talks aim to build empathy and understanding for autistic pupils and their families among the wider school community, as well as encouraging dialogue and strengthening relationships between families and the school. Topics covered during a parent/guardian talk include; 

– Autism Information 

– Common Misconceptions

– A Strengths Based Approach to Autism

– Building Empathy for the Autism Experience 

– Communication, Sensory Processing, Social Imagination & Social Interaction

– School / Community Supports Available for Under 18s

– Q&A

Participants will be encouraged to challenge their perceptions of autism and autistic people and gain a greater understanding of the school experience for an autistic student. Our parent/guardian talks can be facilitated either onsite in-person or live online by a designated AsIAm training officer.

 

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 our training programmes fund our advocacy and community support work for autistic people and their families.

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.

Inquiry

If you would like to book an AsIAm trainer to deliver one or more of our school programmes, please fill out this online booking form and one of our trainers will contact you directly.

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