Spring 2021 Outreach News
This term two of our speech and language therapists delivered the second day of a bespoke three day package to staff from the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership. This session focused on developing knowledge of the core difficulties associated with autism and how to support autistic pupils by using Blank’s levels of questioning, The Zones of Regulation and environmental audits. Participants rated the knowledge base of the trainers and usefulness to their role as ‘outstanding’. One participant commented that ‘the knowledge and information was clear and explained in detail which meant it could be understood and there wasn’t any confusion’.
We have also delivered a remote Lego Therapy session to TAs from a local secondary school. This training was developed specifically to meet a need identified by the school to further support their autistic pupils to develop their social communication and interaction skills, problem solving and conflict resolution.
Our Mental Health and Well-being Lead, Therapy Team Lead and Art Therapist all enjoyed attending the NAS Autism and Mental Health conference this term. We found talks throughout the day inspiring and are looking forward to incorporating the most up-to-date research and best practice in our future Outreach training. We are particularly excited about the emphasis on interoception throughout the conference, as we are currently introducing an interoception curriculum throughout the school and feel that this could have a huge benefit for autistic pupils.
Finally, we have been busy working on our Outreach training offer for the next academic year. Please check back in the summer term for details on our courses for schools and families, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss bespoke packages.