Professional and Family Training Courses

 

The Blue Sky team are leading experts in the field of early identification and early therapeutic intervention for very young children experiencing developmental delays, including autism. We offer a range of workshops and bespoke training options to nurseries and childcare settings as well as running our own series of parent training courses.

Please contact us on hello@blueskyautism.com for further details on consultancy and bespoke training for your nursery or childcare team.

 

Courses for Professionals: Early Signs of Autism – 3 hours (twilight option available)

Although autism spectrum disorders are not typically diagnosed until the 2nd or 3rd year of a child’s life (often later in the UK), there is a growing body of evidence that signs of autism can be detected before 12 months and diagnosed before 3 years old.

This course will look at early signs that have been identified through recent research as being ‘red flags’ for an autism diagnosis. It looks at how these signs may manifest within very young babies, moving through to the toddler years and the early development of language, interaction and play skills.

We will look specifically at video footage from typically developing infants and those showing red flags for autism; identify some of the first signs and later developmental markers and focus on some of the latest research studies looking at treatment and therapy approaches for this age group.

 

Courses for Professionals: Early Intervention Approaches Within Autism – 3 hours (twilight option available)

There is over 25 years of research into autism treatment approaches, with the biggest focus being on behavioural interventions which originated from Skinner’s work in the 1950s. With the development of the Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) approach in the 1960s children with autism started to be viewed in terms of behaviour modification.

However, although the old fashioned behavioural approaches may remain, there has been a large amount of research which has moved away from pure behaviour modification into more of a relationship based, developmental mixed model. This type of approach has shown the most effective results with the youngest children with autism.

This course looks specifically at Pivotal Response Therapy, Early Start Denver Model and DIR/ Floortime, giving participants a good foundation knowledge of the evidence behind and the therapeutic rational of all three approaches.

 

 

 

Courses for Professionals: An Introduction to PRT (full day)

PRT is one of the best evidenced approaches to supporting children with autism, so why is it not more widely recognised in the UK?

This course looks at PRT in detail including the history of this highly effective therapy, the development of its research base over the years and the practical application of PRT for educators, psychologists, speech therapists and childcare professionals.

This full day overview will enable practitioners to develop a strong understanding of the theory and practical elements of PRT and support them to start using effective strategies to help young children with ASD to communicate, interact and play.

Courses for Professionals: Using PRT in the Early Years Classroom

Leading on from Stahmer et al’s study of the effective use of PRT in the classroom (2011), and drawing on a large body of research looking at how PRT can be applied within a school setting, this course is an introduction for practitioners looking to widen their toolbox of autism support strategies beyond the more traditional TEACCH and PECS.

This full day course focuses on how the key motivational components of PRT (child choice, interspersal of maintentance and acquistion tasks, rewarding attempts and using direct and natural reinforcement) can be incorporated into the UK mainstream or specialist classroom with ease. This course will provide a wide range of ideas and supports which will leave you wondering why you ever needed a ‘working for…’ card!

 

All In House Professional courses are charged at £250  (3 hours)

£500 (full day)

Courses at our base at Resource for London will be charged at £75 per person per day

Parent Training: Introduction to PRT

This course is designed for parents/ carers/ grandparents/ relatives and friends of any child under 5 who either has a diagnoses of, or who is showing red flags for, autism spectrum disorder.

Using a range of video material, practical activities and theory this course aims to make PRT accessible and easy to implement for all adults who may be supporting or interacting with a young child with communication challenges on a regular basis.

Participants will learn how to implement PRT within the home environment, focusing specifically on engagement, interaction, initiation and first words.

 

Parent Training: Developing Social Communication and Social Skills

This course is aimed at parents/ carers/ family members of children with ASD and other social communication challenges and focuses on supporting the development of early conversation and social skills, including question asking (initiation), narrative language and peer play.

This course is most relevant for children who have started to speak or who already have some language skills (requesting and commenting) and will support participants to develop effective strategies to move language and social skills up to the next level.

 

All Family Training courses are charged at £30 per person (unless these are part of a specific funding stream where all spaces are free)