Stark & Watson, in collaboration with Metropolitan College is happy to welcome you to the 2-day Workshop: “Gina Davies: Attention Autism” that will take place between 25th-26th November 2017 in Athens Greece.
The Attention Autism programme targets the teaching of attention, communication and social interaction skills. This two day course equips attendees with the skills to set up and run the 4 Stage Attention Autism programme.
The training focuses on the practical aspects of intervention, working in a team and offering an irresistible invitation to learn. Training is run applying the principles of the attention autism programme throughout each day. There are demonstrations of the techniques in action, films of the work with children, practical hands-on experience for participants and ideas for activities.
The intention is to share the practical skills needed for participants to feel confident in setting up and running the intervention immediately.
The workshop is run for groups of maximum 30 people. This is to ensure that the practical aspects of the workshop can be run in small groups making coaching and feedback effective.
Workshop’s official language is English.
Day 1 Explores the impact of autism spectrum disorders on the development of attention skills and the impact this has on a child’s ability to learn both 1:1 and in a group. We identify ways the learning strengths of children can be exploited and how fragile new skills can be developed. The workshop sets out the first two stages of the 4 stage Attention Autism programme; Stage 1 Focusing Attention, Stage 2 Sustaining attention. The workshop provides practical hands-on opportunities for the attendees to try out activities at each stage and discuss application of the programme within their setting or service.
Day 2 Explores the ways in which communication development can be targeted and nurtured within sessions ensuring the needs of the children can be sensitively met whether preverbal, non-verbal able to speak. The focus is on building functional social communication, understanding and spontaneous communication. The intervention looks at the power of shared good times for building engaged learning and trusting relationships where interaction, problem communication and learning can flourish. The workshop provides an opportunity to solve any issues that have arisen in application of the first 2 stages of the programme in practice and then introduces Stage 3 Shifting Attention and Stage 4 Focusing, sustaining and shifting attention including a transition to independent working. Methods for planning and recording sessions, and linking the intervention to the curriculum and personalized planning for a child is incorporated into the day. Ideas and activities are shared and the attendees are then ready to set up and run the full programme!
Introductory training over two days
Key Note Speaker
Gina Davies is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist who turned her passion for communication development into practical and joyful intervention strategies for parents and professionals dealing with autism. She has worked with hundreds of autistic children in schools, nurseries and residential settings, and directly with parents, carers and families.
As well as being an accomplished conference speaker and highly acclaimed practitioner in autism, Gina has established parent groups, social skills groups, language and communication services. She has set up and run programs in specialist and mainstream schools, working closely within the educational framework.
Gina lives in Surrey and remains very much hands-on with children, parents and professionals, traveling extensively in the UK and internationally.
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist: Dip RCSLT, HPC reg; RSA specific learning difficulties; Advanced Certificate in Education: Pupils with autism.
The Workshop can be attended by Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Special Education Teachers and students.
The Participation fee includes:
The Workshop will take place at the Campus of Metropolitan College in Athens. Follow the link for directions on how to arrive at the Campus.
You can download the Announcement here.
You can download the Registration Form here.