Autism Workshops & Courses For Parents Of Autistic Children

Understand how your child sees the world, why they react to their environment as they do and how to help them to learn, develop and have fun.

On this page you will find details of the courses and workshops that I run for parents of autistic children or those with autistic like behaviours.

Please do contact me, if you would like to talk more about the courses and workshops to find out if this is the right course for you.

DIR 101: DIRFloortime Introductory Course

The DIR 101 DIRFloortime Introductory course introduces participants through videos of children to the developmental individual-difference relationship-based DIR Floortime Model and its basic concepts of:

  • The DIR Model: Developmental - Individual-difference - Relationship-based
  • Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities/Levels
  • Being responsive to each child's individual sensory profile
  • Gestural non-verbal communication is the key to speech/language development
  • 'Follow the child’s intentions/lead AND challenge him at the same time to guide him up the developmental ladder'
  • Circles of Communication: keep the interaction going for as long as possible, making sure it is playful and fun for each player
  • Self -reflection allows us to be creative in making and learning from what went well and what didn't. Make more mistakes. You can learn a lot that way!

The DIRFloortime model is a comprehensive approach that is suitable for all children and adults, including those with autism, language or developmental delay, learning difficulties or other special needs.

This introductory course consists of at least 11 hours of training and is usually taught over 2 days, a weekend or 4-5 half-day sessions.

It is a prerequisite for enrolling in further DIR or Floortime training, e.g. in ICDL’s 201, 202, 203 courses or with Profectum or The PLAY Project.

 

What parents say about this course:

Gave me renewed hope and provided me with great information. I can't wait to go home and try all these new ideas with my child!

The videos were wonderful, - so great to learn from. Very helpful in demonstrating concepts and facilitating discussion.

Exceeded expectations! So balanced, reflective, interactive, - combining the theoretical with real application.

I realise that I need to focus more on gestural language with my non-verbal child, not on 'teaching him words' in order to help him to 'get' language.

The slides helped me with making notes. The videos help with understanding. Referring to the FEDLs card as a 'map' was super helpful.

We used all the time well, even though it was a lot. I feel not a minute was wasted.

Course Booking Details, Dates, Prices

Courses are held in London, United Kingdom and in München, Landstuhl, Pelzerhaken, Germany

For details on Dates, Locations, Times and Attendance Costs please see the 'Autism Courses & Workshop Events Calendar page' where you will find up to date details on all the courses, workshops and events.

DIRFloortime Introductory Half-day Sessions

DIRFloortime Introductory Half-day Sessions are 2.5 hour long and introduce parents to the developmental individual-difference relationship-based DIR Floortime Model and its basic concepts through videos showing children’s progress as well as activities, strategies and techniques.

Suitable for all children and adults, including those with autism, language or developmental delay, learning difficulties or other special needs.

Session 1:   Understanding autism developmentally + How to promote engagement, interaction and play with the hard-to-engage or autistic child: Functional Emotional Developmental Levels FEDL 1-2

Session 2:   ‘Circles of communication’, ‘following the child’s lead AND challenging him at the same time’ in order to guide him ‘up the developmental ladder’, beginning to use words - Functional Emotional Developmental Levels FEDL 2-3

Session 3:   Beginning to talk and play symbolically through social problem-solving: Functional Emotional Developmental Levels FEDL 3-4

Session 4:   Floortime in context + all the time and everywhere: reflective thinking and overall mental functioning: Functional Emotional Developmental Levels 5-6 + 7-9

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Please note that the following courses can be run for small groups.

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The Waldon Approach: Learning how to learn through Hands-on play

The ‘Learning-how-to-Learn’ Waldon approach is based on the work by Dr Geoffrey Waldon, a paediatric neurologist, who observed that the developmental process proceeds in a well-recognised order of functional developmental capacities. From this he developed a theory of how children learn and a practical approach to address and remedy children’s learning problems through guided play activities.

This workshop will give an introduction to the ideas of Dr Geoffrey Waldon and his practical approach to helping children to learn how to learn.

  • How does ‘learning by doing’ create new brain connections?
  • Hands-on activities that every parent can do with their child at home
  • Advice where to get suitable play materials
  • Low-cost play materials for you to get started right away
  • Books and information leaflets

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The Autism Debate:

Is Autism a 'Thing' & is there more autism than before?

Numbers of children diagnosed as autistic are up by 700% in some areas, with more than 1 in 60 primary school children on the autistic spectrum in 2016. Why is this happening? What is going on? What exactly is autism, and how is it diagnosed?

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The Autistic State of Mind:

Some of the underlying processes behind the external features of autism can be described using insights from modern attachment theory and psychodynamic constructivism. Unable to use their mind to make sense of things, autistic children use sensation-dominated activities to create a sense of being inside a hard shell to shut out all awareness of difference.

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Therapeutic Form drawing:

Therapeutic form drawing is a way of making movement visible by exploring the many different ways, in which we can move a crayon or pen or other tool across space or paper, or a stick through sand, in order to ‘take a line for a walk’ (Paul Klee).

Therapeutic form drawing uses simple straight and curved lines, which are the basic elements of writing, in slow predictable rhythms to create an infinite variety of patterns and beautiful designs. It is particularly useful to help the aimless and pre-symbolic child (including many children with ASD/autism) to feel the grounding quality of the pressure of the crayon and the movement of their arm and fingers, when making simple purposeful lines. It is very easy to implement for the adult, as all it requires is a few sheets of paper and 1-2 crayons.  

Learn about the therapeutic benefits of form drawing in a practical session that will equip you to use it with children, with a child with autism, language or other developmental delay, or for your own self-regulation, creative relaxation or mindfulness meditation.

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Doing and Making:

Using the Hands and Rediscovering Old Craft Skills

The holistic experience of using natural materials in simple traditional craft skills like teasing wool, wet felting, weaving and other ways of making things enriches the inner life of children and nurtures the whole human being.

Through hands-on creative activities children learn about themselves and the world around them, about their own body and what they can do, and about what happens and how material and ‘things’ respond.

Experiential learning through doing and making allows the child (or adult) to integrate their feelings and sensations with thinking through the use of their hands, teaching life skills and tools for living.

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