Audience: Primary & Secondary Teachers, Special Education Teachers & Inclusion Co-ordinators.
It is vitally important for teachers to be aware of how ‘autism’ is for their students. The autism world can be a literal sensory minefield for students & the school environment needs to be designed where it creates a secure space that is conducive to learning.
Children who have autism have different learning styles & as educators, we need to be aware of how to cater to the various styles to develop the best strategies to teach them.
This course aims:
- To provide autism awareness for all stakeholders who intend to work, or are working with students who have autism.
- To develop an understanding of what autism ‘is’ from the student’s perspective.
- To provide training, education & strategies for educators, support workers & ancillary staff who intend to work, or are working with students who have autism.
- To provide educational strategies, including sensory strategies; differentiating learning depending on learning styles; and using technology for students with differing abilities.
About the instructor
Karen Barley is an internationally recognized educational consultant specializing in the needs of children with autism and their families. She has over 25 years of expertise as an educator, private one-on-one consultant, course developer and educational technology specialist.
Karen is especially successful connecting with children who have autism and creating behavioural, sensory and educational strategies that help children reach their full potential. Her highly personable style, combined with extensive research, knowledge and firsthand experience of the needs of children with autism, makes her extremely effective and innovative in tailoring individual solutions for families and their schools. Using new and existing approaches Karen integrates her pioneering work with iPad technology to create differentiated educational programs where children with autism can consistently experience success while learning.
In addition, Ms Barley is an accomplished and engaging, sought-after public speaker and teacher trainer. She has shared her significant insights and knowledge on such subjects as, Technology in Education, Technology and Autism, Autism Awareness, 21st Century Learning, Technology and Curriculum Development and other subjects in the United States, Australia and as a keynote guest speaker for international face to face and online conferences.
She is now undertaking her PhD and is a sessional teacher at Monash University.