Professional and Family Training Courses

Blue Sky is a leader in the field of early recognition of and early intervention for autism spectrum and other developmental disorders. Operating as a unique, specialist therapy service across the UK and internationally for the past 8 years, Blue Sky is launching a new series of training courses aimed at professionals working with young children in early education and health services. These courses will be offered at our sites in Stirling and in Central London (Holloway Rd and Old Street), but can also be run as in house training for a variety of settings and services.

 Professional Training Courses 2018

  • Level 1: An Introduction to Pivotal Response Therapy- the evidence base for a child friendly Applied Behaviour Analysis(ABA) approach.
  • Level 2: Little Talkers- using PRT and play to develop speech in toddlers with autism spectrum disorders
  • Level 3: Teaching through Play- a developmental approach to supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to learn through play.
  • Level 4: Little Communicators- teaching early social communication skills to young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Level 4b: Little Learners- using motivational academics and play to teach young children with Autism Spectrum Conditions
  • Level 5: Teaching Families- training for professionals who would like to use this approach in their family training courses/ direct work with families.

Fees:

Professional Training courses at Holloway Rd/ Old Street: Full Day @£150 per person

Professional Training courses at Stirling Centre: Levels 1-5 Full Day @£125 per person

  In House: Full Day @£1200 plus standard travel.

   NB: Each Level is equivalent to one full day centre based or in house.  Discounts are available for in house training when 2 or more levels are booked. Please enquire for further details.

A key focus of our work at Blue Sky is to empower and skill parents and other family members to learn and apply evidence based strategies to support their young child with ASD to talk, communicate, learn and engage with the world and the people around them. With 8 years of experience of supporting, training and coaching parents we have now adapted and developed our family training courses to better fit the client group that we work with.

Parent and Family Training 2018

  • Level 1: An Introduction to Pivotal Response Therapy- the theory and evidence behind a child friendly, behavioural approach.
  • Level 2: Little Talkers- supporting children to learn to speak using PRT in the home (includes fidelity training in PRT and commitment to 3 monthly feedback groups).
  • Level 3: Learning through Play- teaching your child through play.
  • Level 4: Little Communicators- using PRT strategies to support early social communication skills at home.
  • Level 5: Little Friends- supporting your child to be successful in relationships and interactions with peers.
  • Understanding Behaviour: behaviour analysis and positive behaviour strategies for the home environment
  • Understanding Autism: Finding a path- the journey to diagnosis and beyond

Parent Training Fees

Holloway Rd/ Old Street @£50 per person

Stirling @£40 per person

 

We can also offer bespoke training in autism and early years. Please see below for examples of the additional courses we can run in your setting. You can contact us on hello@blueskyautism.com for further details on consultancy and bespoke training for your nursery or childcare team.

Bespoke 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.

 

Bespoke 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.

Bespoke Courses for Professionals: Using PRT in the Early Years Classroom (Full Day)

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!

Bespoke 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.