Middletown Centre for Autism

The Centre was established in 2007 by The Department of Education and Skills Ireland and the Department of Education Northern Ireland to: Support the promotion of excellence throughout Northern Ireland and Ireland in the education of children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Autism and Social Communication
Building on the knowledge gained in the first two sessions, this online webinar aims to increase parents’ understanding of how autism affects communication and will provide strategies that can help.

Expected Outcomes-
Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of: 
•    The core feature of social communication and how it can be impacted in autism.  
•    Communication and attention development in autism. 
•    Practical strategies to support joint attention and communication at home and school

Autism and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour 
This training session builds on the information previously learned and provides further information on how to manage behaviours of concern by applying parents’ knowledge of autism and learning.

Expected Outcomes-
Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of:
•    The underlying reasons for the display of behaviours of concern.
•    How to apply pro-active strategies to reduce the likelihood of the occurrence of behaviours of concern.
•    The stages leading to behaviours of concern and how to manage these stages proactively.
•    How to apply autism specific strategies to better support the child.

Autism and Sensory Processing
This training will promote parents’ and family members understanding of how autistic children process sensory input whilst providing practical examples and information on how to help. 
  Expected Outcomes-
Parents and family members will have an increased understanding of:
•    How autistic children process sensory input.
•    Characteristics of over and under-responsiveness to sensory input.
•    Strategies and ideas that may help children with sensory processing difficulties.