Hands On Autism: Register now

Topics include typical development, the Autism spectrum and the legal framework and policies.

12 May 2019 | Health

Yolanda Nel

Hands On Autism hosts a workshop facilitated by the Autism Association of Namibia in July and interested parties are invited to register.

According to organiser Petra Dillmann, the course is based on a combination of Autism approaches that are internationally accepted as best practice for intervention. “It consists of a combination of theoretical sessions and practical applications,” she says.

The training has been designed to provide affordable, practical and experiential Autism-specific training to teachers, therapists and classroom assistants. Topics that will be covered during the workshop include typical development, the Autism spectrum and the legal framework and policies in South African / Namibian education curriculums. Different techniques for working with an autistic learner, communication and sensory strategies will also be discussed.

Petra says that Hands On Autism is a basic, all-round intensive training course for working with Autism. “There are many methods and therapies promising cures with parents spending a fortune for a balloon of hope,” she says, adding that there is a dearth of practical knowledge and understanding about Autism in Namibia.

Bringing in trained professionals who can teach a combination of techniques and strategies to address behaviour, communication and sensory issues, which are the main difficulties of Autistics, will improve the acceptance and understanding of anyone who teaches or works with autistic people.

Hands On Autism was originally created by Claire Allen, Tam Bennett and Reinette Lombard, who collectively have more than 20 years’ hands-on experience in the field of Autism. It has now been updated and revised by Claire Allen and Vicky Lamb. Participants will receive a hand-out for each topic and all resource materials will be supplied for the practical sessions.

The workshop takes place from 8 to 12 July. Early bird registration costs N$5 895 and later registration N$6 575. For more information or for registration forms, contact Petra at [email protected]

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