As part of the Autism in Schools project, which you can read about here, we have been part of the staff training sessions that have taken place in schools. There are five training modules that are delivered in each school that is taking part in the project: Understanding Autism, Enabling Environments, Learning Styles, Anxiety and The Nest Approach.

Nan Cooper from Bolton Parent Carers has teamed up with Jenny Wilkinson, Designated Clinical Officer for SEND to deliver 2 of the modules, Understanding Autism and The Nest Approach. Understanding Autism explores aspects of autism that young people feel are important for school staff to know about and understand. This includes things like why special interests are important, monotropism, inertia and autistic identity.

The Nest Approach has been developed by Spectrum Gaming and looks at ways to prevent meltdowns. It has been developed with autistic young people from across Greater Manchester.

All the training modules have been very well received in the schools so far, with several still to go.

Nan and Jenny delivering a session at St Joseph’s Secondary School. Photo taken by Frankie, aged 19 who has autism and learning difficulties and supported with some of the delivery of the training.