Schools’ Autism Awareness Week

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Fundraising (including sponsored onesies) and raising awareness of autism.

Free teacher resource packs available – each pack is level-specific, and contains teacher guidance, lesson and assembly plans, presentations and activities to help you improve understanding of autism at school.

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Working with Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors – with Jon Cree

This level 3, 3-day accredited course will delve into what challenges us as leaders in the outdoors, looking at causes, and ways of dealing with real life scenarios. We will look at certain behaviour types and how to work with these – moving towards an ‘equal learning community’.

The course will also look at de-escalation techniques, policies, support for this type of work and ways of motivating young people, all in the outdoor environment. In order to gain the accreditation participants will apply the learning after the course, in their work, and produce a small amount of written work.

“This has been a life-changing and psyche-changing three days for me, my learners and family. It has shown me how important the outdoors is for our mental and physical health and what a regulator it can be for behaviour management… better than any OFSTED regulation!” Course participant, spring 2017.

Cost: £325 or 295 if booked two months in advance.

Resilience Outdoor Alternative Education

Outdoor Education programme for Alternative Education Provision.

Designed for ASD, ADHD, SEMH participants.

Incorporating elements of Forest School, Outdoor Learning and John Muir Awards, we focus on building resilience through development of self esteem, self confidence, understanding of the world, emotional literacy, new perspectives, communication and physical skills.

Autism Awareness at Forest School workshop

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Presented by:

  • Michael James (Forest School practitioner, author of “Forest School and Autism” & finalist in the Autism category in Laing Buisson Awards 2015)
  • Alex Blake (Mentoring and Support Coordinator at Next Steps Foundation)

This workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in creating autism inclusive Forest School programmes. The workshop will involve a mixture of discussion and practical activity and will provide an opportunity for those new to the subject to gain awareness of how to better understand the needs of learners with autism. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for people already involved in running autism inclusive sessions to share practice and network.

Feedback from previous workshops:

“Thank you so much for such a fantastic introduction to how best to support autistic learners in an outdoor setting. Having come from virtually no understanding of autism it has given me a great starting point with which to embrace and support such groups in the future. Keep up the great work” 

I feel I will be able to take what I’ve learned today and apply it to my practice not only with ASD learners but also with others who have different needs and would also benefit from this approach. ”  

“The session was informative and I enjoyed the relaxed style with plenty of time for reflection and questions. I came away with a lot of things to think about in relation to my own practice”

To book a place:

Contact: Angie Whitehead  Tel: 0792 327 1613.

Forest School and Autism Workshop with Michael James

This will be an interactive workshop with lots of opportunity for questions and discussion as well as reflection.

What is Autism? Discussion of the process and history of AS diagnosis and why the learner led ethos of Forest School can suit AS learners.

  • Partnership working and the importance of preparation
  • Communication and social interaction – individual communication profiles and effective channels of communication that work well e.g. social stories
  • Social interaction and play – time and space inherent in the Forest School approach
  • Executive function and systemising
  • Sensory processing difficulties
  • Supporting people during stress and anxiety
  • Planning for autism inclusive Forest School.

Cost: £130 incl VAT.

Landplay Therapy

Post qualifying training for Play Therapists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

This two-day training will provide you with the tools you need to extend your therapeutic practice to include indoor and outdoor sessions.

Landplay training ensures the practitioner is confident in providing safe and boundaried therapeutic play space in a natural outdoor environment. It encourages practitioners to incorporate a simplified tool kit with a focus on more natural materials.

Those participating in the training need to have studied Person Centred Counselling and be a qualified child and/or adult counsellor and/or need to have trained in Jungian or Person centred approach and have a post graduate qualification.

Working with Young People with Challenging Behaviour, in the Outdoors, with Jon Cree

This course is aimed at any educator who feels they want to engage and work with students in the outdoors who may be reluctant learners (of any age).

This course will delve into:

  • What challenges us as leaders in the outdoors
  • Theory on challenging behaviour
  • Up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for challenging behaviour
  • Ways of dealing with ‘real life’ scenarios in the outdoors
  • De-escalation
  • How to transfer outdoor strategies into an indoor and other settings – including looking at the validity of sanctions and rewards
  • Reviewing your own policies.

Date: 17th, 18th & 19th June OR 20th, 21st & 22nd November 2019
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £325 for the 3 day course, £55 for the Accreditation (optional). This Level 3 West Midlands Open College Network Accredited Course.
Time: 09.00 – 17.00.

Working with Young People with Challenging Behaviour, in the Outdoors, with Jon Cree

This course is aimed at any educator who feels they want to engage and work with students in the outdoors who may be reluctant learners (of any age).

This course will delve into:

  • What challenges us as leaders in the outdoors
  • Theory on challenging behaviour
  • Up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for challenging behaviour
  • Ways of dealing with ‘real life’ scenarios in the outdoors
  • De-escalation
  • How to transfer outdoor strategies into an indoor and other settings – including looking at the validity of sanctions and rewards
  • Reviewing your own policies.

Date: 20th, 21st & 22nd November 2019
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £325 for the 3 day course, £55 for the Accreditation (optional). This Level 3 West Midlands Open College Network Accredited Course.
Time: 09.00 – 17.00.