The Big Autism Play Day is a jam-packed day. It is full of ideas about how to support a child’s social, emotional & communication development by building on their sensory profile & interests – through play!
- introduction to the play style in autism
- understanding the patterns of difficulties & differences in autism and how to use this to develop learning and play
- tailoring your communication & environment to support play
- building solid support strategies for pupils with autism to develop communication, interaction & engagement
- creating connections with others
- identifying potential barriers to play & ways to overcome these
- creating appropriate sensory spaces
- using vibration & ‘clonker boards’ to develop joint attention and participation
- creating irresistible sensory toys ‘on a shoestring’
- hands & hand play – how to engage and explore
Introducing our guest keynote speaker!
Robyn Steward – ‘Autism from a person, not a textbook.’
Robyn looks at what is means to autistic, debunks some of the myths & explains the confusing jargon used when discussing autism. She argues that knowledge of autism is essential for building strategies. When implemented, they mean learners receive a consistent & holistic approach that takes into account how autism affects them as an individual.
Robyn Steward has ten disabilities, including autism, and is still affected by it on a daily basis. However, she has built up an international career as an autism consultant and trainer, friendships and a life. Her disabilities have influenced her lifestyle but she tries to change every negative into a positive and encourages others to do the same.
Our other presenters include:
Richard Hirstwood has extensive experience in special education – giving him the insight into what works, and more importantly, what doesn’t, in multi-sensory practice.
Chris Barson founded Positive About Autism in January 2009 and has a long involvement with disability and autism.
Judy Denzilo is a specialist in developing sensory play opportunities for children and adults – bringing a treasure trove of fabulous resources to explore.
Naomi Rosenberg has been a teacher of the deaf for pupils with complex needs with 20 years’ experience. She has created, and adapted, a wealth of materials to bring music & communication to life.
Carol Allen is the advisory teacher for ICT and SEN in North Tyneside LA. She recognises that communication lies at the heart of all effective teaching. The majority of her work has therefore centred on the creative and engaging use of technology to support communication in its widest sense.
Big Autism Play Day agenda
9.30am Welcome & Introductions
9.45am – 10.45am ‘Playing different, learning different, thinking different: breaking down barriers to play’ – Chris Barson.
11am – 12.30pm ‘Autism from a person, not just a text book’ – Robyn Steward.
12.30pm – 1.30pm LUNCH
1.30pm – 2.45pm Choice of Workshops:
‘We have connection! Standby for play lift off! Creating ‘connection’ & ‘meaning’ with little ones on the spectrum’ – Chris Barson
‘Hands on? Hands off?’ – Carol Allen
‘The BIG Clonkerboard Workshop’ – Naomi Rosenberg
‘It’s a material world – making irresistible sensory toys’ – Judy Denzilo
3.00pm – 4pm ‘Grand Designs! Multi sensory spaces that work!’ – Richard Hirstwood
4pm Close & Farewell!
Why the ‘Big Autism Play Day’?
Evidence seems to suggest that parents get an inkling that their child is on a different, and sometimes unusual, ‘development trajectory’ early on.
It might just be “the way they look at things” or the length of time they spend looking at things. It might be what they spend time looking at. It’s often stuff that other kids don’t seem too interested in. It might also be to do with what they avoid looking at. Like us for instance!
One thing is for sure – young folk with autism have a whole different bunch of systems for finding out about and exploring their world. So it’s vital for parents and practitioners to be able to tune in to the learning strengths and preferences of young people on the spectrum. This might be incorporating special interests to motivate and make learning ‘irresistible’ or bringing more visual and sensory elements to play. Or more repetition.
When and where?
Who should come to this?
The Big Autism Play Day focuses on supporting pupils aged roughly 2 to 19 years (all abilities). It might be helpful for: Parents, Foster Carers,Teachers, Learning Support Assistants, Early Years Practitioners / Nursery Nurses, Play Workers, Respite / Short Breaks Providers, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and other autism professionals.
All pertinent presentations & documents from the day will be available on our website. You will be able to continue your learning journey long after the training has finished.
Times & housekeeping
The day begins from 9am for coffee and registration, with the presentations starting at 9.30am. We will finish around 4pm. All refreshments & lunch will be provided.
Early Bird Tickets – £245 plus VAT per place BEFORE 10 February 2017, including refreshments & lunch.
Standard Tickets – £275 plus VAT per place AFTER 10 February 2017, including refreshments & lunch.