£36 (Single Ticket)

Each learner with autism is unique! We outline the specific sensory difficulties experienced by learners with autism and the resulting impact on their learning. You will explore simple but effective ways of profiling a learner’s needs and how to use this information to create a Sensory Profile. You will discover practical classroom strategies to support a learner with autism to be more successful in their learning.

Course Outline

  • Introduction and course structure
  • Course outline
  • Your expectations of this course
Module 1: What is Autism?
  • Module 1: What is Autism?
  • An introduction to Autism
  • A short history of Autism
  • Diagnosis of Autism: Current thinking
Module 2: Sensory Differences in Autism
  • Module 2: Sensory Differences in Autism
  • Sensory Sensitivity
  • Sensory Seeking Behaviour
  • Sensory processing difficulties
  • Recognising Sensory Differences
Module 3: Creating a Sensory Profile
  • Module 3: Creating a Sensory Profile
  • What is a sensory profile?
  • Why do I need a sensory profile?
  • Personalising a Sensory Profile
  • Sensory Checklist One
  • Sensory-Checklist Two
  • Sensory Checklist Three
Module 4: Using a Sensory Profile with positive and protective strategies in the classroom
  • Module 4: Using a Sensory Profile with positive and protective strategies in the classroom
  • Hearing
  • Vision
  • Touch
  • Smell
  • Movement
  • Taste

Your Tutors

Richard Hirstwood is the founder of and lead consultant for Hirstwood Training.
He is passionate about enabling educators/practitioners to maximise the impact of delivering sensory learning opportunities, in a sensory room or other learning environments, with the resources available to them.
His extensive experience is based on practical knowledge, giving him insight into what works and what doesn’t in multisensory practice. Regular sessions with children and adults with autism and all additional needs in a variety of multisensory and classroom settings enable him to maintain this level of excellent practice.

Chris Barson founded Positive About Autism in January 2009. Prior to that, Chris was External Training Manager for the National Autistic Society. Chris has a long involvement with disability and autism. Chris first joined the National Autistic Society (NAS) in 1996 as a Project Officer in Wales on a Children in Need project reviewing short term care provision.
After working with the NAS Regional Development Team promoting service development throughout the UK, Chris went to work at the Royal College of General Practitioners, in 2000, where he managed Professional Development and Quality programmes. Chris rejoined NAS in 2004. Chris has contributed to the design and delivery of courses provided by Canterbury Christ Church University, and the University of Cumbria.
Chris is a contributing author to ‘The Autism Spectrum in the 21st Century: Exploring Psychology, Biology and Practice’ Jessica Kingsley Press 2010 (Highly Commended 2011 BMA Medical Book Awards).



The course gave input into the life of an individual on the autistic spectrum, it really helped in understanding what they go through with things that we take for granted. Simple things like going for a walk in the high street. Really informative.

A. Saeed


I found the sensory profiles the most beneficial – being able to assess and tailor the classroom to meet the needs of the students.

S. Hussain


I liked the idea of setting up a separate Sensory Profile and checklist then laminating it to be used as an effective easy to use/find a convenient way of making sure cover teachers have a better understanding of my students’ sensory needs. This would be in addition to the ‘All about me’ document/PowerPoint that is usually found in the students’ files.

S. Golding


For me, the most beneficial part of the course was the ‘likes and dislikes’ profiling. Learning that voice and lip movements can appear out of sync.

V. Elalfi


Every aspect was very interesting.

M. Majda