Venue: Heads Training Centre, Hadrian School, Newcastle upon Tyne
Date: Future dates to be confirmed (9.30am – 3.45pm)
Cost: £99.00 (includes lunch, refreshements and resources)
Tutor: Anne Cradock, Independent SEN Consultant

This one day course explores how young people with ASD can experience high quality PE and what pedagogical approaches can be developed and adopted by teachers, learning support assistants and other practitioners to increase the quality of their delivery.

The course content has been drawn from good practice that has emerged through both special and mainstream schools and from primary through to further education settings.

In terms of PE and sport the following key issues may inhibit autistic pupils fully accessing the learning environment, and these areas will be covered:

  • Environment – difficulties in defining space leading to unpredictable movement within the space (this includes changing rooms as well as the teaching and learning space)
  • Communication – interpretation of verbal messages and increased length of time to process instructions. Lack of understanding of abstract concepts
  • Gross motor difficulties – Imitation may be difficult when completing complex tasks
  • Sensory issues – noise, touch, smell, and light may affect the pupil’s ability to process information and affect behaviour
  • Social difficulties – co-operation, turn taking, sharing, negotiation, understanding rules
  • Speed of skill acquisition – increased time required for the processing and retention of skills and information
  • Difficulties with Generalisation – different activities may require skill to be re-learnt as skill transfer and application may be limited

(Please note: if you cancel a place less that 14 days before the course date you will still be charged full price)