Supporting Autistic Students
SELF-PACED ONLINE ON-DEMAND COURSE
With increasing numbers of Autistic students identified in mainstream schools, we need to adjust our approach to allow for neurodiverse thinking, social communication and play styles in the classroom and playground.
We will discuss how neurodiversity affirming approaches to learning can increase engagement, and reduce anxiety and burnout among Autistic students. We will consider ways we can reduce sensory overload and allow students to move around and be more comfortable in our classroom.
This course helps you to support your neurodivergent students more effectively and positively in the classroom.
This DIY course provides the training for you to:
- Learn to recognise Autistic thinking and social interaction styles.
- Consider supports and accommodations to suit the needs of Autistic students in your classroom and playground.
- Understand why it's time to let go of older strategies, for example social skills training, that encouraged students to mask or camouflage to fit in with neurotypical expectations.
Emphasis is placed on understanding how Autistic students perceive the world differently, and how this impacts on their engagement and learning at school.
Who is this course for?
- Teachers and teacher aides who want to learn practical strategies to support Autistic students in the classroom and the playground.
- Psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and other allied health professionals who are interested in strategies for supporting their Autistic clients, particularly in school settings, but also in clinic and community settings.
Training covers include:
- Latest Autism diagnostic criteria changes
- Causes of Autism and why we don't need a cure
- Special interests and passions, opportunities to engage
- Communication styles and the Double Empathy Problem
- Neurodiversity and thinking styles
- Social interaction styles and creating opportunities around interests
- Sensory preferences and sensitivities
- Preferences around sameness and routine, easing transitions
- Repetitive movement and stims, moving to listen and learn
- Planning for life after school, finding your tribe
Participants are encouraged to make subtle changes to their interaction style to reduce students' anxiety and prevent challenging situations. Participants will get access to visuals and other tools that can be implemented at school.
Through this 10-part training course you will learn neurodiversity affirming approaches to learning that can increase engagement and reduce anxiety and burnout among Autistic students.
This online course includes:
- Instant Access to all course content (via desktop or mobile)
- 10x 90min Recorded Training Workshops (video presentations)
- Audio files of the training workshops
- Mini-quizzes to integrate learning from the workshop videos
- Downloadable and printable Resources
- Certificate of Completion - 15 CPD Points
- 12 month access to the learning materials and course updates
Course Creator: Lydia Meem
Lydia Meem is a neurodivergent clinical psychologist who loves supporting her awesome clients to find joy, connection, work and study opportunities through their passions. She most enjoys tailoring autism strategies to the needs of Autistic individuals of all ages and their families, and empowering them to advocate for appropriate supports and accommodations.
Lydia is also a Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, a Board-approved supervisor, and a Registrar program principal supervisor in the Clinical psychology area of practice.
In addition to this, Lydia is an author and popular speaker, presenting at autism conferences around the world, and providing training on autism assessments for psychologists and neurodiversity affirming approaches for teachers of Autistic students.
Throughout this course Lydia shares the latest research and strategies, answers questions, and gives you the advice, tools and confidence you need to better support autistic students in your classroom or clinic.