3 September 2021 9 am – 12 pm

Autism is about uniqueness and individuality that’s for sure. Kids on the spectrum are more individual than non-autistic ones – that’s part of autism. Being unlike the usual or typical is what autistic kids often do exceptionally well. Getting to know how a student’s autism ‘works’ and how it affects development, learning, engagement etc is a vital process for teachers and school staff.


9.00 am Welcome & introduction

9.10 am Warm Up!

9.20 am Session 1: Just How well do we understand autism in the 21st Century? Chris Barson

  • Meeting the ‘uniqueness’ challenge
  • Autism – the big and little picture
  • Where are the girls?
  • A spectrum of ability
  • One big neuro-family?

9.55 am Break Out Room: Chat Task

10.10 am Session 2 – Better assessment, planning and understanding Chris Barson & Richard Hirstwood

  • Having the right tools
  • The Happiness Assessment

10.30 am Coffee break  and mini online learning activity

11.00 am Session 2 continued: Better assessment, planning and understanding Chris Barson

  • Sensory Profiles AND Plans
  • Stress Survey
  • Executive Function Survey
  • Social Skills Assessments
  • Communication Charts/Passports
  • Important To v Important For Charts
  • Positive Programme Plans

11.40 am Questions & Answers

12pm Close of session, thank you and goodbye!

Who should attend?

This will be appropriate for classroom practitioners from special schools and colleges, mainstream settings with specialist SEN provision and early years settings, who are working with pupils with autism and additional learning needs.



The following resources will be available in your account for one week after the course date: A digital recording of this event, any resources shared/signposted during the session and a transcript of Zoom chat.



If you wish to make a group booking for this course – we can do this quickly and easily for you! Please email a spreadsheet with the first name/surname/email addresses of the delegates you wish to book for. Email to lois@hirstwood.com. We will then create access to this course for your colleagues. A Purchase Order Number will secure your booking.

Important information before you book


The ‘Book now!’ button will take you to a new page where you can book and pay for this course.  Please note: if you are booking for someone else, please create the account using their name and email address.  You will still be able to pay by credit card (even it has a different name/school name on it.)

Cost: £50 plus VAT per place

(£60 including VAT)