Addressing the need for well trained professionals
Addressing the need for well-trained tutors and professionals in the field of Autism
With autism spectrum disorders on the rise, there is an increasing need for specialised training for teachers, tutors as well as professionals such as speech therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists and doctors in dealing with this complex disorder. These professionals are the first contact that a parent of a child with autism will have and therefore they need to be able to diagnose the symptoms early and to offer practical and effective interventions and advice.
SNAP (Special Needs Adapted Program), based in Durbanville in Cape Town, offers quality training in the field of autism. They have 15 years experience in the field. There are various types of training available such as tutor training, parent and teacher workshops as well as training for professionals working with autism.
• The intensive 2-week tutor training program covers topics such as understanding autism, an introduction to various successful and internationally recognised interventions used by SNAP and the importance of data collection and report writing. The course delegates complete practical and written assignments and receive a certificate on successful completion.
• In the teachers workshop the focus is on increasing awareness, helping them to understand the child and the behaviour, and by showing them how to adapt their teaching methods to help the child learn and cope better and adapt to the class environment.
• In the parent workshop parents are empowered with knowledge and practical skills in order to be able to effectively manage their children’s behaviour and become an active part of their child’s progress and development.
• The professional workshop aimed at therapists working with children on the spectrum covers the following topics:
• What is autism and how does it present?
• Understanding the autistic mind and behaviour
• An introduction to well-working interventions
• Useful tools and good advice
Parents expect professionals to know about autism and therefore understand how to work with their child. An appointment with an OT with experience in autism is very different to an appointment with an OT who has no experience and who struggles with the child’s behaviour. Knowledgeable professionals make all the difference.
We have enjoyed a lot of positive feedback:
The most important thing I learned from this experience is to push through and be consistent. I gained wonderful experience. Elouise S. (Mother and Teacher)
The training met more than my expectations. I didn’t want to leave. The best part of the workshop was getting involved and working with the children and learning that all of them are so unique! Thank you for the wonderful work you do! You really opened my eyes to a whole new world! Benita R.