Advanced Practitioner Course
Attention Autism Advanced Practitioner and Trainer
Spread over a six-month period and delivered across nine days of workshops, there are two aspects to this course:
- The development of skills and expertise in advanced Attention Autism practice
- Qualification for a licence to run Day 1 and Day 2 Attention Autism workshops
The first of each pair of days is an inspiring workshop; the second is where we immediately work on embedding the ideas we have learnt into our practice both in work with the children and in developing workshop presentation skills.
1. Develop skills and expertise
These interactive workshops take place in Guildford and involve you and a small group of colleagues. They are facilitated by Gina, together with experts in the fields of psychology, play and presentations skills, and involve tutoring, practical activities and follow up assignments that are evaluated in coaching and mentoring sessions.
The workshop tutors are practitioners whose challenging and inspirational practices have influenced Gina over several years and whose ideas are incorporated in many aspects of her work. The aim is to share experience and skills with you to inspire the work and generate creative innovative practice.
Attention Autism Advanced Practitioners are expected to lead others by setting an example of outstanding practice.
The course combines theory and practical application, providing you with opportunities to:
- Design fabulous and engaging activities
- Adapt activities to meet specific individual or group needs
- Exploit activities to meet curriculum targets
- Develop activities that incorporate sensory elements that support visual engagement
- Enhance activities to motivate and develop communication skills
- Incorporate independence and self regulation skill development within sessions
- Discuss and explore suggested methods for intervention
- Share new ideas as individuals and as a team
- Problem solve behavioural issues, whether child or staff related
- Explore ways of differentiating delivery for both age and ability issues
You will have the chance to raise and discuss issues around the practicalities of running Attention Autism groups, ways of maintaining the quality of groups and continuing development once groups are established and working well.
We look at models for change and focus on building an understanding of why some children find it so difficult to learn, why team members sometimes find it hard to take on new ideas, and how to introduce training and the Attention Autism programme to give yourself the best chances of success.
We encourage and support you in developing an action research project that you will carry out as a part of your current work/intervention. We help you find ways to use or adapt current data collection commitments to provide evidence for your research project and the work you do without multiplying the paper work. The focus of the action research is to make intervention practical and data collection meaningful – no to write lengthy and detailed documents.
We look at playfulness and how to create shared enjoyable good times in structured intervention; plus how to use this to enhance your practice, and build relationships and inspire communication within the group and staff team.
Our aim is to nurture and support your talents. You will become a part of a select group that inspires and supports each other, as well as benefiting from direct coaching and mentoring in workshop sessions alongside email and phone support from Gina throughout the duration of the course.
Please note that you will need to be using the Attention Autism programme and have permission to film your group for use on the course for feedback and evaluation.
You will be awarded Advanced Practitioner status on completion of the course and the practical work based activities and evidence of engagement in the action research element.
2. To qualify for a licence
Our aim is to help you deliver training confidently with your own personal style. There is so much more to running training for colleagues than producing a PowerPoint presentation and sticking some smart clothes on! Yet effective presentation skills are often assumed, particularly when a person is very good at practical intervention. There is a great deal of common ground between running an Attention Autism group and running a training workshop for colleagues, but there are differences too, such as the ‘stage fright’ factor and the concern about convincing colleagues who know you with a different hat on.
We make no assumptions and create a safe setting for you to try out techniques, develop your own style, and practice presentation skills so you know what you are doing and can focus on delivering training you are proud of.
In advanced practitioner training, we share techniques and strategies to support you to deliver workshops that really engage and motivate staff. And there will be plenty of opportunities to practice and develop your confidence in small groups before hitting the stage! We develop techniques for:
- Gaze and stance
- Interactive training elements
- Managing questions and interruptions
- The skills to navigate your journey through the workshop you are leading
- Incorporating your own style and finding a way of doing this using key techniques
- Delivering joyful and inspiring training
You will be encouraged to give short presentations in your work setting and the opportunity to rehearse and develop areas that you want to work on.
On the final day of the course you will be invited to deliver a presentation – those meeting the required standard will be awarded an Attention Autism Trainer licence to run Day 1 and 2 of the Attention Autism programme training within your service.
The Terms and Conditions of the Advanced Practitioners Training include the opportunity for Advanced Practitioners to run training annually that generates income for their school or service. In today’s tough financial times we would like to feel that the Attention Autism programme was supporting schools and services in helping them recoup the costs of the Advanced Practitioner training and in generating some income for their work in years to come.
Who is this course for?
All practitioners who work in the field and have attended Days 1 and 2 of the Attention Autism programme or have worked alongside Gina in implementing the programme in a setting. Experience in running Attention Autism programmes with groups and / or individuals is essential. The course will be open to all practitioners, of whatever qualification, or holding no qualifications except for their practical experience.
March 1st 2018 to June 22nd 2018.
The course is based in Guildford and comprises nine days in blocks of two days over a six-month period, with an additional day for assessment for the qualification to become a licensed Attention Autism Workshop Trainer.
(Course work must be completed by August 31st 2018)
How much does it cost?
The course is £3000.00 and includes:
- Inspiring workshops
- Practical activities
- Coaching and mentoring
- Developing action research skills and meaningful data recording
- Developing and extending depth and knowledge in attention autism practice
- Presentation skills
- The techniques to present your work in ways that are convincing and inspiring
- Lead the delivery of attention autism programmes in your setting
Benefits to the school or service
Organisations benefit from having:
- Knowledgeable and confident practitioners who lead the Attention Autism programmes
- An in-house trainer ensuring that all staff members have access to the training workshops (thereby reducing the need for additional external training costs).
- An in-house trainer who can run annual Attention Autism Training to generate income for the school or service
For more details please contact Gina on firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also buy videos of some of the workshops online