In these practical workshop sessions we will explore ways of including pupils who have been labelled as being on the autism spectrum. The sessions will be values based and will aim to allow the sharing of experiences and good practice as well as promoting innovative approaches to inclusion through the design of best practice. Parental perspectives and experiences will also be explored. This is not a ‘medical model’ training on autism. Our motto for the training is ‘People do things for a Reason (and the reason isn’t autism).’ We make full use of first hand accounts of the experience of autism – the autobiographies – to deepen participants’ understanding of what it means to be labelled ‘autistic’.


“We are all much more simply human than otherwise, be we happy and successful, contented and detached, miserable and disordered, or whatever.”

HARRY STACK SULLIVAN


Course Testimonials


‘A great day – going away buzzing with ideas.’

‘Thanks for a wonderful day. Useful informative and a real ‘eye opener’. I feel that I am able to understand why some children with autism carry out certain actions.’

‘I have gained a lot of knowledge and understanding and will be able to help support and accommodate children better. Thank you.’

‘I now know autism is part of us all’

‘Useful to stand in shoes of person with autism’

‘I was blessed to be on this day’

‘I will take all these ideas back to the nursery’

‘Very respectful of people on the spectrum.’

‘Ways of reaching a person, not a condition.’

‘Really gave me an idea of how people feel.’


Learning Objectives


  • Increased confidence regarding autistic pupils and their inclusion in mainstream schools
  • Access to a wider range of practical strategies to impact on communication and behaviour issues
  • Deeper understanding of core values surrounding inclusion
  • New skills and processes to strengthen the inclusion of young people with autism in all settings


Colin

Hi, I’m Colin Newton - Psychologist and trainer.


From 1998 – 2001 Colin was Principal Educational Psychologist of City of Nottingham LEA where he contributed to the consultation on and successful development of an inclusive education policy across the LEA. In 1999 Colin and Derek Wilson collaborated in the writing of 'Circles of Friends', reflecting some 5 years of training and development work to bring this approach to the UK. In 2001 he co-founded Inclusive Solutions with Derek to promote the mainstream inclusion of all children and adults across the UK whatever their difference, impairment or challenge.

In 2004 Colin and Derek wrote 'Creating Circles of Friends', a revised and extended version of the original text including a chapter on secondary schools. In 2006 he co-wrote ‘Circle of Adults: A Team Approach to Problem Solving Around Challenging Behaviour and Emotional Needs‘. Colin completed the writing of 'Restorative Solutions – Making it Work' together with Helen Mahaffey in 2008.

'Keys to Inclusion' was published in 2011 and contains many of the ideas they use when delivering the training day of the same name.

Together with Claire Darwin - Principal Educational Psychologist, Schools Choice, Suffolk - Colin and Derek in 2017 finished writing and publishing a book entitled 'Person Centred Planning Together', the culmination of years of working with person centred planning tools and processes in real world contexts.

Colin’s career has been values driven but also practical, using applied psychology in training and real life problem solving with schools, families and individual children and young people.

From 1989 – 1998 Colin worked in the Nottinghamshire educational psychology service as a senior psychologist in Nottingham city with a specialist role in research and development. During this period Colin co-wrote 'Managing Change in Schools', a practical handbook. He led on the development of the ‘Bulwell Vision’, a community initiative to improve behaviour and mental health in a disadvantaged city area

He spent 5 years in Essex as an educational psychologist

Colin started out as a primary school teacher in East Anglia and then went on to train and work as an Educational Psychologist in Newcastle

Colin is a proud parent to two sons and a daughter


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