Learning and Development
Learning and Development available
As part of the Short Breaks programme we are keen to support both specialist and mainstream activity providers to further develop their skills to work with disabled children and young people. Parents and carers may want to access some of the training available too.
Autism eLearning module available for FREE:
Check out the FREE Autism Awareness e-learning module. The module takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete and provides an introduction to the topic of Autism and Asperger Syndrome. This course has been produced in partnership by the SHIP autism workforce development and training group (Southampton; Hampshire; Isle of Wight and Portsmouth's Health and Social Care Authorities and Hampshire Autistic Society).
Inclusion Resource Pack
Check out the Inclusion Resource Pack and the Inclusion in Action DVD for tips and suggestions to support your setting in becoming even more inclusive for children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs. To request your FREE copy (if you are a Hampshire activity provider) email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Update re KIDs eLearning!
Hampshire activity providers and parents/carers have been able to access a variety of eLearning modules for FREE. KIDs have recently upgraded their system and have changed how things work. We have had a number of people experiencing problems accessing the new system and we are working with KIDs to get things sorted. The newly updated modules look great so once things are sorted with logins etc this will be even better than it was before. In the meantime we will not be setting up any new Learners or eManagers until changes have been made and the system is working more effectively.
If you have an existing login you can still go to KIDs new eLearning website for updates and to log on. If you have any feedback about the updated site then please email details to email@example.com so that we can share this with the team at KIDs too.
We will post updates as progress is made and access improves again.
Other training requests
If you have ideas for training that you would like to have available in your local area then please contact your local Bridging Worker 4 MB 4 MB or email the Recreational Activities Inclusion Officer (for Disabled Children and Young People) firstname.lastname@example.org
Inclusion Workshops available:
A variety of interactive workshops are available to support activity providers to be even more inclusive. These have been subsidised through the Short Breaks programme.
Inspiring Inclusion Conference 2014 – save the dates!!
We have reviewed the feedback from the Inspiring Inclusion Conference 2013 and are putting together the programme for next year’s conference.
Final date to be confirmed:
It will be either Wednesday 5 March 2014 OR Tuesday 11 March 2014
We have asked the hotel to hold two dates to allow us more flexibility with booking keynote speakers. For now please pencil both dates in your diary.
Where: The Hampshire Court Hotel, Basingstoke (confirmed)
Note: We visited a large number of other venues across Hampshire trying to find one further south that would meet our requirements. However the Hampshire Court Hotel offered the best and most accessible facilities and the best value for money.
Who is it for?
The Inspiring Inclusion Conference is for mainstream and specialist recreation and leisure activity providers in Hampshire, both managers and front line staff including; reception staff, tutors, instructors, rangers, coaches, librarians, assistants and more.
The conference will:
- Provide professional training and development
- Increase understanding of the potential barriers faced by disabled children, young people and their families
- Challenge attitudes and beliefs about disability
- Build skills and confidence
- Offer practical ideas and solutions
- Create new partnerships
More information to follow in the next few months. If you have any ideas or suggestions for workshops or speakers please contact email@example.com or speak to your local Bridging Worker.
1. Developing communication within your setting workshop – Alex Kelly
Workshop description: An introduction to using symbols within your setting and an introduction to producing accessible information to promote your activities.
Workshop facilitator: Alex is a speech and language therapist with 25 years experience of working with people with learning disabilities. She is the author of the best selling TALKABOUT resources which help people to develop social skills and friendship skills and she lectures around the world.
Date: Tuesday 10th December 2013
Time: 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Cost: £10 per person
Location: Speaking Space, Units 1-3 Wade Park Farm, Salisbury Road, Ower, Hampshire, SO51 6AG (just off junction 2 M27, near Paultons Park)
Quotes about Alex and her workshops:
Alex – you’re a very enthusiastic and captivating speaker and it was a pleasure attending this course. Talia 2013
I loved how this workshop was pitched at a ‘grass-root’ level – very practical. I enjoyed the workshop immensely and loved your sense of humour. Angela 2013
For more information about the workshop please contact Ali Selby-Nicholls, The Bridging Worker for the New Forest on 07881 340133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or for booking queries please phone The Admin Team on 01962 845178 or email email@example.com
2. Making Activities Deaf Friendly (MADF) Training Course
Workshop description: Do you want to find out how you can genuinely include deaf children and young people in your activities? The Me2 Making Activities Deaf-Friendly (MADF) training is available to leaders and coaches working with children and young people. This course is open to all those working with young people in mainstream leisure.
Where: Havant Leisure Centre, Civic Centre Road, Havant, Hants PO9 2AY
When: Sunday 9 February 2014
Time: 10am to 4pm
- Individuals who are volunteers within their organisations £ free of charge
- Individuals who are HCC Short Break Activity Providers £16.50
- Individuals who are paid to deliver activities (professionals) within their organisation £26.50
Feedback from previous courses:
"I really enjoyed the course. I learnt a lot of very valuable lessons. Thank you very much!"
"I thought everything was great and especially liked learning some sign language"
"I will be more confident in dealing with deaf children - I won't be apprehensive"
Please see the Information Flyer 173 kB for full details. NOTE: the Information Flyer does not mention the HCC Short Breaks discount but this is included on the booking form. To book your place/s complete and return the Booking Form 765 kB to NDCS .
Return to: Inclusive Activities Team, NDCS, Second Floor, Vincent House, Quay Place,
92-93 Edward Street, Birmingham, B1 2RA or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information or if you have any questions please contact the Inclusive Activities Team at NDCS on Email: email@example.com or Telephone: 0121 234 9820.
Other training requestsIf you have ideas for training that you would like to have available in your local area then please contact your local Bridging Worker 4 MB or email the Recreational Activities Inclusion Officer (for Disabled Children and Young People) firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Lawson Autism Workshops
Please see below the PowerPoint presentations and links to uTube clips used during the workshops. These are great to share with others that you know and work with too.
Daytime workshop: The Passionate Mind, how people with autism learn
Dr. Wendy Lawson MAPS; BPS, an adult with high functioning autism, presents internationally and is well published. Having written numerous papers and books, (varying from her autobiography to an everyday text on Autism) Wendy explores the influence of individual neurological development with reference to impact upon learning styles.
Wendy’s workshops are research based and focus upon building bridges between the neurologically typical (NT) and autism spectrum (AS) worlds. Relationships; formal, informal, familiar or otherwise, all need to be negotiated. Typically, developing individuals seem to have little difficulty with communicating needs, wants and desires. Being AS however, means we understand the world differently. This implies a clash in the social arena. Social demand and interaction for AS individuals is a nightmare.
Evening workshop: Understanding challenging behaviour of children with Autism Spectrum
Explore ways to encourage communication for individuals with autism spectrum conditions (ASC).
Suggest supportive interventions and environments that may help in ASC.
Show how the above can lead to success in ASC and enable individuals with ASC to feel good about who they are.
uTube clips shown across the two presentations:
Share them with others: The above clips are an excellent way to raise awareness and get people thinking differently. So you could share them in a staff meeting, with friends and family.
For more information also see Wendy Lawson’s webpage.
Inspiring Inclusion Conference 2013 - PowerPoint presentations and workshop handouts
In April 2013 over 180 people attended the Inspiring Inclusion Conference. Please find presentations and handouts from the day below. These are a great way to find out more about what was covered across the day.
- The problem is the problem not the child & Positive psychology, resilience and wellbeing - Rob Long
- Getting your message out there 4 MB - Geoff Holt
- Autism Awareness: True or False - Hampshire Autistic Society and Forest Forge
- Making activities deaf friendly - The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS),
Breaking down barriers to communication - Nevin Gouda
- Breaking Barriers to Communication Presentation 6 MB
- Breaking Down Barriers to Communication handout 386 kB
- Is it okay to ask? - Responses from the panel to the questions not answered on the day 96 kB
The following workshops do not have any handouts that we can send out but please see the websites for more information:
Uses and benefits of social stories
Social stories are short descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity, which include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why.
Social stories have a huge range of applications, including:
- to help a person with autism to understand how others might behave or respond in a particular situation, and therefore how they might be expected to behave
- to help others understand the perspective of a person with autism and why they may respond or behave in a particular way
- to help a person to cope with changes to routine and unexpected or distressing events (eg absence of a tutor, moving house, thunderstorms)
For more information about social stories and how to write one go to the National Autistic Society (NAS) webpage.
Examples of social stories
More and more recreation and leisure activity providers are writing social stories to help people understand how things work at their setting. These are added to websites and can be sent out to people in advance. They are another great way to highlight inclusion at your setting. See the following social stories to help give you ideas for what you might include in the ones you write:
- The Lights Andover Social Story 416 kB
- Welcome to Proteus Creation Space Social Story 4 MB
- Forest Forge Social Story for the production Midnight is a Place 725 kB
- Forest Forge Social Story for the production Very Small and Far Away 787 kB
- Inspiring Inclusion Conference Social Story 2 MB
- Odeon/Cineworld Social Story
- Manchester Airport Social Story
- Aldershot Library Social Story 1 MB
- Yateley Social Story 906 kB