Autism Courses & Workshops For Professionals Working With Autistic Children

Understand how the 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, workshops as well as 1-1 supervision and supervision groups that I offer for professionals working with children or young people with

  • autism

  • autistic-like behaviours

  • other developmental issues

Please 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.

Autism Study Groups & Supervision for Professionals

Click on either to see details of location, dates, times & prices.

MindBuilders Study Group: Creative Approaches to Autism

Target group: Adults with some experience, professional interest in and/or working with children with autistic behaviours/issues or developmental delay, e.g. teaching assistants, nursery staff, nannies, childminders, play workers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, teachers, psychologists, …

Facilitation: Sibylle Janert, MA, Home Consultant, DIRFloortime Practitioner

Sessions will include video examples, theory and hands-on exercises:

  • Understanding ‘autistic’ behaviours and non-verbal communication
  • DIR Floortime Model and Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities
  • Learning about how to engage the difficult-to-engage child using
  • PLAY-techniques and strategies
  • Waldon Approach, Functional Learning and other developmental activities
  • Therapeutic Form Drawing
  • Reflective working within the family
  • Developing observation and video interaction guidance skills
  • Group-supervision to support and learn from each other
  • Sharing ideas, videos, materials, readings, books, ...
  • Hand-outs, assignments, reading list
  • MindBuilders' Certificate of achievement and attendance

Venue:   Barnsbury Therapy Rooms, 144 Liverpool ROAD, London N1 1LA
near Angel and Highbury & Islington stations

Commitment: 10 meetings, 1-year commitment, minimum 4 participants

Day & Time:     Fridays 18:00 - 2000, Start date: TBA

Cost:  £200/year (re individual payment options/concessions: contact me)    Individual sessions @ £28 per person

Interested in this Study Group?

Please complete the following registration form to indicate your interest in this study group. I will contact you.

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Creativity, Development and Autism: A Psychodynamic Approach

The Creative Impulse at the Heart of Personality Transformation with Franco Scabbiolo, Psychotherapist

Scabbiolo’s Creative Psychotherapeutic Process suggests that at the heart of transformation in the personality is a creative impulse, an innate impulse that, when fostered and allowed to thrive, transforms both client and therapist. This impulse allows for both individuals and their internal objects to develop freedom in order to generate something new. Scabbiolo suggests that this impulse is present in healthy personality development and in the psychotherapeutic process from the very beginning and can be found in dreams, transference and countertransference, in art and in children’s play. However, when this impulse encounters a barrier, like negativity or compulsive repetitiveness, then both client and therapist get stuck, hiding in fear of creating and experiencing new emotions.

These talks will include clinical (and video) material and theoretical content:

  • The creative impulse at the creative moment
  • Fear of the creative impulse in client and therapist
  • The problem of autism and creativity
  • Post-autistic states: psychosis, perversion, confusional
  • Creative patterns in the session and the whole process
  • Towards a modern psychodynamic “theory” of creativity

Interested In This Course?

Please complete the following registration form to indicate your interest in this course.

I will contact you with details of the next available course dates, times and costs.

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MindBuilders Autism Supervision for Professionals

Target group:

Adults with some experience, professional interest in and/or working with children with autistic behaviours/issues or developmental delay, e.g. teaching assistants, nursery staff, nannies, childminders, play workers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, teachers, psychologists, …

Facilitation:

Sibylle Janert, MA, PLAY Home Consultant, Developmental Practitioner

Content:

  • Understanding ‘autistic’ behaviours and non-verbal communication
  • DIR Floortime Model and Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities
  • Learning about how to engage the difficult-to-engage child using
  • PLAY-techniques and strategies
  • Waldon Approach, Functional Learning and other developmental activities
  • Therapeutic Form Drawing
  • Reflective working within the family
  • Developing observation and video interaction guidance skills
  • Group-supervision to support and learn from each other
  • Sharing ideas, videos, materials, readings, books, ...

Venue:

Face-to-face Supervisions:  Barnsbury Therapy Rooms, 144 Liverpool ROAD, London N1 1LA
near Angel and Highbury & Islington stations

Skype Supervision Sessions are also available

Please use the registration form on the right to enquire about autism supervision for Professionals

Interested In Supervision?

Click here for more information: DIRFloortime Supervision Group ONLINE

Please complete the following registration form to indicate your interest in supervision

Register your interest in supervision

DIR 101: DIRFloortime Introductory 2-day Workshop

The DIR 101 DIRFloortime Introductory course introduces participants to the developmental individual-difference relationship-based DIR Floortime Model and its basic concepts of ‘functional emotional developmental levels’, ‘circles of communication’, ‘following the child’s lead, while challenging him at the same time’ in order to guide him ‘up the developmental ladder’.

It reviews the theoretical framework, scientific evidence, and scope of application of the model promoting functional emotional developmental capacities, reflective thinking, and overall mental health for all children and adults, including those with autism or other special needs.

This introductory course consists of at least 11 hours of training and is usually taught over 2 days or a weekend.

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

Training can be arranged according to your needs, e.g. in 2015 we ran it very successfully as 7 Wednesday mornings for a group of professional Jewish women.


What people say about this course:

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

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

The most thought-provoking training I've ever been to. (Teacher/secondary)

As a SENCO I  do not work directly with students, but WOW did the concepts come in handy right away.  I was able to put them to use when working with teachers and therapists.  It is amazing how much of a shift this theory or method of working with students is for our educators.  I am so thankful I attended and I look forward to continuing to learn more about the structures and strategies. (SENCO)

I'm really looking forward to using video more, especially to help parents focus more on pre-verbal gestural language with their child. (SALT)

The slides helped me with making notes. The videos help with understanding. Referring to the FEDLs card as a 'map' is super helpful. (Teaching assistant)

We used all the time well, even though it was a lot. I feel not a minute was wasted. (Early Years Practitioner)

Course Booking Details, Dates, Prices

Courses are held in London, United Kingdom and in München, Pelzerhaken Landstuhl/Ramstein, 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.

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

Please register your interest in any of the following courses (by using the online form to the right of each course) and I will contact you to let you know the next dates and times of the courses

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

Interested In This Course?

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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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