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Autism in the Early Years: Finding the Fun and Tackling the Tricky Bits

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

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Early Years Practitioners
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About this event

More than 1 in 100 children are now diagnosed as autistic (National Autistic Society) and numbers are rising as there is improved recognition of the autism spectrum in all its forms. Those of us in Early Years will undoubtedly have responsibility for many autistic children across our careers and our role is critical, both for the children and for their families.

This interactive day course will be a combination of theoretical learning, discussion of experience and hands-on exploration of ideas, so do wear clothing that is comfortable to move in and easy to wash!

Participants will have the opportunity to:

• Develop their understanding of autism, including valuable insights from the autistic community;
• Explore how autism affects play, attention and communication development, getting messy and sparkly along the way!;
• Consider the aspects of autism that can create difficulties for the child, looking at life from their perspective and learning about the strategies that work;
• Think about how to use their knowledge to give autistic children the very best start in life and to support their families in the most positive ways.


Trainer(s): Sue Goldman

Sue Goldman is a highly experienced specialist teacher and Early Years Professional who has worked with autistic toddlers to teenagers across the spectrum. She taught autistic pre-schoolers for over 10 years at ‘the little group’, a highly-regarded specialist Early Years setting, where the Attention Autism approach became integral to her practice. She continues to teach pupils with a high level of support needs and also works independently, supporting young autistic children and their families in their own homes, and advising practitioners (www.suegoldman.co.uk). She is currently piloting Buds, a new Parent and Child group for autistic pre-school children, in partnership with Kingston Express CIC. She is also Autism Advisor to Tallstick Tech, a social enterprise that aims to develop tech solutions for autistic children.