Learn Good Practice in Teaching Autistic Children, in Order to Maximise Outcomes

Outstanding Autism Practitioners - 8 Online Training Courses

If you would like to learn evidence-based skills in supporting the learning of autistic children, in order to help them make good progress and achieve, by meeting their holistic needs in areas including:
  • communication development
  • emotional regulation
  • understanding behaviour
  • sensory processing
  • independence
  • social relationships
  • learning and cognition

Then these courses are for you!

Introductory offer ends on 31st July 2020

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Research shows us that people who are well trained, have a big impact on the learning of children with additional needs.

These courses have been designed to support the needs of teachers, SENCO's, support assistants, other professionals, as well as parents and carers, to help you effectively support and enhance children's learning and development.

Benefits, skills and knowledge you will learn during the courses:

  • A great understanding about autism and how you can support
  • A range of evidence-based teaching strategies and skills, that will support different learning abilities and needs
  • To be a reflective practitioner, assessing the purpose and impact of personalised interventions
  • How to understand, manage and support behaviour, by enabling children to learn positive strategies
  • A wide range of inclusive teaching strategies that will not just benefit autistic children, but ALL children!

and the biggest benefit: Maximise outcomes for autistic learners

What people say...

"Steph has broken the course down well, into interesting segments, with time for reflection tasks, which really help you to think about your own settings. It's thought provoking, as to what you may bring to your classroom already, but also, what you can improve on, to make your communication better, creating the best outcomes, for everyone. Can't wait to put it into practise." - Michelle Cardy

"Whilst in Lockdown, I began wondering/worrying about the children I should be working with. I happened upon Steph's Podcasts. I began listening and found them very insightful. So when this course came up, I jumped at the chance. It is really informative and Steph is very professional and knowledgable. I am so glad I signed up and have recommended it to my colleagues." - Rachael

"Very Informative and interesting course, wish every one understood this!" - L Baxter

"The course was fantastic, Steph covered a lot of ground in detail but also manageable bite-sized chunks - which was fantastic! One of the many important take away's for me is building an individual profile of each child, seeing their world through their eyes, not ours, and this course is a great resource towards that goal." - Anonymous

The 8 Courses Included are...

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1 Understanding Autism and Learning

Gain knowledge about autism and how you can help and support learning

It is essential to be able to recognise individual learning needs and ways in which you can adapt your approach, environment and support methods to enhance learning.

Course Modules:
  • What is neurodiversity?
  • What is autism and the 'autism spectrum'?
  • What is Asperger Syndrome and PDA?
  • How does autism present in boys and girls?
  • Autism and social communication
  • Autism and relationships
  • Autism and sensory processing
  • Autism, thinking and understanding
  • Reflection task
  • How can you support social communication?
  • How can you support sensory processing?
  • How can you support thinking and understanding?
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2 Essential Inclusive Practice

Best inclusive practices for all educational professionals, to support the learning of neurodiverse children.

This part of the course breaks down evidence-based strategies, as well as reflection on how to ensure the different, individual learning needs of children are met and with high expectations.

Course Modules:
  • Understanding individual needs
  • Effective differentiation
  • Understanding where a child is at in their learning
  • Clear learning outcomes
  • Purposeful and functional learning
  • Positive parent partnership
  • The learning environment
  • Structuring the day
  • Engaging learning
  • Building positive relationships
  • The importance of preparation
  • The importance of consistency
  • Modelling
  • Prompting
  • Multi-sensory learning
  • Visual supports
  • Structured learning
  • Breaking down tasks
  • Supporting communication
  • Supporting emotional regulation
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3 Teachers as Leaders

How to be an effective classroom leader and inspire teaching assistants.

Teaching assistants play an extremely important role in the teaching and learning of children with special needs.

Leading a team is a skill in itself. I want to share with you my absolute musts for leading an effective team, which in turn, has a big impact on the children's learning.

Course Modules:
  • The effectiveness of teaching assistants: What does the research say?
  • Teaching assistants preparedness
  • Teaching assistants practice
  • Deployment of teaching assistants
  • A valued team
  • Effective team communication
  • Ensuring professionalism
  • Do it together!
  • Put it on the wall!
  • Revisit and repeat
  • Learn together
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4 Help Me Communicate

How to help autistic children develop functional communication, increase vocabulary and build relationships.

Autism can impact communication in lots of different ways. In this part of the course we will explore different types of best practice and evidence-based strategies to support the development of communication.

Course Modules:
  • Communication Development
  • Things we must make sure we do to promote focus
  • Our use of language to support focus
  • Creating exciting opportunities to gain attention
  • Modelling to support attention
  • Attention to a person
  • Attention in a group
  • Anticipation and listening games
  • Follow the child's lead
  • Play, play, play!
  • Total communication
  • Give enough time to process (at least 10 seconds!)
  • Supporting understanding with sign
  • Enhancing understanding with objects
  • Aiding understanding with visual supports
  • Modelling to support understanding
  • Expressive communication development: Model in context
  • Functional communication
  • The importance of using positive language
  • Visual supports to develop expressive communication
  • An overview of AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)
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5 Help Me Regulate My Emotions

How to understand a child's behaviour and teach them strategies to identify and regulate their emotions (and reduce challenging behaviour!).

Emotional regulation is the ability to recognise and respond to our emotions. Many autistic individuals experience difficulties in identifying and describing their emotions. In this part of the course, we will explore how to support children to identify and respond to their emotions.

Course Modules:
  • Emotional regulation and self stimulation
  • Anxiety in autism
  • Alexithymia
  • The functions of behaviour
  • Case study - Jay
  • Jay - Analysing the possible functions of behaviour
  • How we can assess behaviour and work out the function
  • Proactive and reactive support strategies
  • Support understanding through clear expectations
  • Responding to behaviour that challenges, to help a child regulate and calm
  • Teaching children to recognise their own emotions
  • Teaching children helpful, regulating strategies
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6 Help Support My Sensory Processing

(Available to start 06/07/20) 

How to identify and support the different sensory needs of children to enhance learning (and reduce sensory overload).

In this part of the course, we will explore how people experience their senses differently and the impact this has on daily life.

We will explore how we can identify needs and implement support through adapting our environment and sensory regulation supports.

Course Modules:
  • The senses
  • Hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity
  • Sensory overload
  • How to identify sensory needs
  • Adapting our environment to support sensory needs
  • Proactive and reactive sensory supports
  • Sensory breaks
  • Sensory resources
  • How to introduce a new sensory support
  • How to support independence in using a sensory support
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7 Help Me Build Relationships

(Available to start 13/07/20) 

How to support the development of attention, social interaction and play skills, to help children form relationships.

One key area of challenge that autistic children face is social interaction. Play and social interaction t needs to be taught explicitly. During this part of the course we will explore how to break down the learning of play and social skills, to support children to form relationships.

Course Modules:
  • Autism and social interaction
  • "He hit me!": What does relationship seeking look like?
  • Masking
  • Context and generalisation
  • Relationship building with children with complex needs
  • Developing joint attention
  • Being a role model
  • Turn taking and sharing
  • Structured learning of social skills
  • Play sequences
  • Roleplay
  • Social script writing
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8 Help Me Understand transitions

(Available to start 20/07/20)

How to support children's understanding of upcoming transitions and prepare for change.

The unknown, sudden change or difference in routine, can be very unsettling for autistic children.

In this part of the course, will look at the different ways we can support children to prepare for change, whether it is a transition to another room or a big transition, such as changing schools.

Course Modules:
  • Autism and thinking
  • How routine, familiarity and structure can really help
  • Supports for daily transitions to aid independence
  • Environmental supports to help transitions
  • How to help children begin to accept changes
  • Preparing for big transitions
  • Parent and school partnership

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are these courses for?

Anyone teaching and supporting the learning of autistic children or those with neurodiverse needs. This includes teachers, support assistants, SENCO's, educational professionals as well as parents and carers.

How will the courses be taught?

The courses will be taught through a series of presentation videos and reflection tasks, that you will have access to via a login and password.

You can complete the courses at your own pace.

You will receive a certificate after completion of each course.

How long will it take to complete?

In total to complete the 8 courses, it will take approximately 16 hours (2 hours each).

How long will I be able to access the content for?

You will have 3 months to access the content.

For longer term or multi-user and site licences, please contact [email protected]

What if I need support?

Steph Reed (Autism Specialist) will be available to offer you support at any time during the course, just an email or phone call away!

Further questions:

If you have any further questions, please email [email protected]

These courses can form part of your Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Please share with your employer, as they may be able to fund your training.

A certificate will be issued upon full completion of each course.

Join the Courses!

Introductory offer ends on 31st July 2020


Introductory Offer (3 month access)

Single user license

For multi-user and group training licenses, please contact [email protected]
Steph Reed Online Course Outstanding Autism Practitioners

Hi, I’m Steph Reed, your teacher!

Over the past 12 years, I have taught many amazing autistic children, with a wide variety of abilities and complex needs.

I now help schools and services ensure high quality autism provision and practice, enabling children to achieve and make good progress.

I have tailored these online courses to give you accessible, background knowledge in effective, evidence-based approaches and importantly, practical skills in how to implement strategies and ensure impact on learning.

For more information about the work I do, please visit www.autismspectrumteacher.com

“In the time that Steph has been working with my school, I have been able to see a sustained improvement in the provision offered. This has been the case in the growing knowledge and skills of the staff she has worked alongside, the physical environment provided for pupils with ASD and the outcomes for those pupils"

- Jess Hutchison, Headteacher at Grazebrook Primary School

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