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Schools as Commissioners: ASD: Courses for Practitioners

Communication Support for Verbal Pupils with ASD

Elklan have developed this highly successful accredited ten week course for practitioners working with children with social communication needs including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It contains a wealth of practical ideas to support those who are working with verbal children with social communication difficulties aged from 4-14 years. There are ten, two hour sessions giving a total of 20 hours teaching. The courses have been written so that speech and language therapists and teaching advisors can teach it in their locality under license. The package has been received enthusiastically.

This course is designed to run over 10 weeks. Participants can achieve 6 credits at level 2 or 3, the choice of level is made by the individual with guidance from the course tutors. Elklan courses are externally quality assured and accredited by an OfQual regulated national Awarding Organisation

What is taught?
  • What is communication?
  • What is autism?
  • The role of NVC and the importance of structure.
  • Visual helpers and developing memory.
  • Developing vocabulary and narrative skills.
  • Understanding beyond simple sentences.
  • Developing interaction.
  • Developing pragmatic skills.
  • Behaviour is Communication.
  • Making sense of it all.


Supporting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Elklan have developed this highly successful accredited course for practitioners who support children of any age who have are verbal and either have a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism or Aspergers Syndrome or who have difficulty using language in a social context.

The course is available to practioners who have already completed an Elklan ten-week Core course and who need to study this subject area in more depth

This course is accredited through an externally quality assured and Ofqual regulated national Awarding Organisation.

What is taught?
  • What is Autism?
    • Understand the triad of impairment as it relates to ASD.
    • To know the range of difficulties falling under the heading of ASD.
    • To understand how each area of the triad of impairment affects the child at school.
  • Using structure with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Understand visual and physical structure and why it is so important.
    • Understand some of the barriers to using structure.
    • To explore ways of adding physical and visual structure to the environment.
  • Developing Communication
    • Use specific strategies to improve the child's understanding.
    • Learn how to support abstract emotions.
  • Developing Interaction
    • Understand how a lack of theory of mind affects a child with an ASD.
    • To know how to use comic strip conversations as an effective tool to promote social interaction.
  • Behaviour is Communication
    • To explore the possibility that a child may be communicating through their behaviour.
    • To understand the sensory difficulties children with an ASD can have and to learn how these can contribute to behaviour difficulties.


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