A free training day for autistic people and parent carers of autistic people funded by the National Autism Team in Haverfordwest
About this Event
Autistic people often experience sensory processing difficulties which can cause distress as well as severe physical pain. They may also find it difficult to use speech to communicate. As a result of their communication and sensory difficulties, many autistic people experience distress and isolation in their daily lives which, in turn, can lead to distress behaviours (sometimes referred to as “challenging behaviour”). These distress behaviours are often difficult for parents, carers and professionals to cope with or know how to respond to positively.
This training day will present the principles of Responsive Communication and illustrate them by means of film clips and a variety of interactive activities. The day will also provide an introduction to sensory processing and we will bring a variety of sensory resources and activities for you to experience. You will be given the opportunity to explore your own sensory profile and so to gain an insight into the sensory world of the autistic person you care for.
Responsive Communication is a combination of sensory based approaches and Intensive Interaction (using body language to communicate). It can reduce the autistic person’s experience of sensory pain, distress and isolation and increase their experience of wellbeing. Responsive Communication is really good at building emotional engagement between the autistic person and those around them.
The training will be delivered by Kate Richardson, a learning disabilities speech and language therapist and director of Autism Wellbeing CIC. Autism Wellbeing CIC have been commissioned by the National Autism Team to provide this training day, which is free for autistic people and parents of autistic people.
Refreshments will be provided mid-morning and afternoon, but please bring a pack lunch as lunch is not provided.
There is parking available at Pembrokeshire Archives and the venue is wheelchair accessible.
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Doors will be open at 9.30am for a 10am start
Free, but you will need to register online via the link above