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Communication Support for Verbal Pupils with ASD course outline

Session 1:  What is communication and where does ASD fit?

  • Identify the processes involved in communication
  • Understand the nature of ASD and the impact it has on communication, learning and social development

Session 2:  Sensory Integration and ASD

  • Understand sensory difficulties individuals with ASD experience.
  • Learn how to identify different sensory patterns and strategies to manage individuals who present in these different ways.

Session 3:  Understanding the role of NVC and the importance of structure

  • Identify nonverbal communication behaviours.
  • Understand what is meant by visual and physical structure and why it is important.
  • Learn about the development of attention.
  • Explore ways of adding physical structure and schedules to the environment.

Session 4:  Using visual helpers and developing memory

  • Use a wide range of visual supports in the learning setting.
  • Understand how memory develops and learn how to use mind maps.

Session 5:  Developing vocabulary, sequencing and narrative skills

  • Develop activities to facilitate the learning of descriptive vocabulary with an emphasis on emotional vocabulary.
  • Learn strategies to support development of storytelling and writing

Session 6:  Understanding beyond simple sentences

  • Present a language scheme model which supports verbal reasoning skills, including why and how questions, inferences, sequencing, predicting.
  • Understand the relevance of this model to the pupil with ASD.

Session 7:  Developing interaction

  • Learn how to use evidence based interaction strategies and how to modify them for the individual with ASD.
  • Understand how a lack of theory of mind affects an individual with an ASD.
  • Know how to use chat cartoons to promote social interaction.

Session 8:  Developing pragmatic skills

  • Develop an understanding of pragmatic language skills.
  • Learn how to observe pupils with these difficulties.
  • Explore strategies to support pupils with pragmatic language difficulties

Session 9:  Behaviour is Communication

  • Understand that individuals communicate through their behaviour.
  • Understand why communication difficulties might lead to challenging behaviour.

Session 10:  Making sense of it all

  • Present evidence of applying knowledge within the school environment.


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