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Saturday, 31 May 2008

New Dates Added: Autism Day Course

The following dates have now been added to the Autism Day Course

Strategies for effective inclusion of learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A day course for practitioners, designed to enable successful inclusion of learners with Autism and Asperger Syndrome.

09-Sep-08: Oxford
10-Sep-08: Buckinghamshire
11-Sep-08: Cambridge
15-Sep-08: Worcester
16-Sep-08: Coventry Warwickshire
17-Sep-08: Shropshire:
23-Sep-08: Warrington
30-Sep-08: Milton Keynes
01-Oct-08: Northampton
07-Oct-08: Suffolk
08-Oct-08: Norfolk
14-Oct-08: Cumbria

Please contact us for further details.

Good Autism Practice

We were very interested this week to see the results of research at Hofstra University. The findings in this research have shown brain region similarities between people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and ADHD, Schizophrenia and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Although this is far from conclusive proof that there is a direct link between these disorders, it is further evidence that there are similarities. At People First Education we have always stated that Good Autism Practice is Good Teaching Practice. On our training courses we recommend that the strategies taught will benefit all learners. Research such as this can only help us to be more confident in our cohesive approach to teaching individuals with special educational needs.

Sunday, 25 May 2008

Welcome to the new Autism Update Blog

Welcome to the new People First Education Autism Update Blog. It is hoped that we shall be adding relevant information on a regular basis regarding the world of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).

Anybody who has attended the Autism Day Course will know that the major focus of the day is to gain a deeper understand of ASDs. Indeed, this forms the basis of the whole of our ethos. An unfortunate example of the damage a lack of understanding of ASDs can cause has been reported in the international news this week. In this instance a situation where a young man with Autism has been excluded from his place of worship due to his behavioural differences. It would be very easy to apportion blame in these circumstances, however this is not an issue of blame, it is an issue of understanding.

At People First Education we believe that a knowledge of ASDs will benefit both the learner and those working with them.