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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

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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 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  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 4MB 4 MB or email the Recreational Activities Inclusion Officer (for Disabled Children and Young People)


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 – Wednesday 5 March - book your place/s now! Only 40 places left!

Date: Wednesday 5 March 2014

Times: 9.45am to 4.30pm (9.15am - 9.45 Registration)

Where: The Hampshire Court Hotel, Basingstoke, RG24 8FY

Cost: £45 per person, please see the booking form for concessions and group discounts

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, volunteers, 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

This year’s keynote speaker Philip Douch, wrote ‘The Buskers Guide to Inclusion’, and promises to make you laugh, feel and think. And we have a fantastic line up of interactive sessions and workshops across the day.

Please see the Inspiring Inclusion Conference Information flyer  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 2MB for full details. To book your place/s complete and return the Booking form Microsoft Word 1MB (which also has workshop descriptions) to:

The Admin Team
Sport Hampshire & IOW
Hampshire County Council
Castle Avenue
Winchester, SO23 8UL

OR email it to

Deadline for bookings has been extended to 3 March 2014 by 5pm

For booking queries please email The Admin Team at or phone on 01962 845178.

Feedback from previous conferences:

‘Friendly relaxed atmosphere. Good networking opportunities. Excellent, well organised programme.’

‘Really inspiring – came home buzzing with ideas. Inspiring and exciting atmosphere for learning.’

1. Managing Challenging Behaviour Workshop- Becky Bolger

Workshop description: Participants will be offered positive proactive strategies to help prevent and manage challenging behaviour. The workshop is designed to develop skills, build confidence and to pass on practical strategies

Workshop Facilitator: Becky has 15 years’ experience managing more than 200 individuals who have been described as some of the countries most challenging children in a variety of settings. Along with 18 years’ experience of sports coaching and leading activities in the community.

Date: Tuesday 11 March 2014

Time: 10.00am to 1.30pm

Cost:£10 per person

Location:         Hart Leisure Centre, Hitches Lane, Fleet, Hants, GU51 5HS

Please see the Workshop Information flyer Microsoft Word 452kB 452kB for full details and bookings.

For more information about the workshop please contact: Emma Hall, The Bridging Worker for Hart and Rushmoor Phone: 07881340137, Email: or for booking queries please phone The Admin Team on 01962 845178 or email

2. “Making Sense” Sensecere Workshop Information - Sharon Wilson

Workshop description: This workshop offers the chance to gain an insight into the senses, environments, why it can be challenging for children with additional needs, what could be triggers for stress and what can we do to reduce these anxieties for children. On this twilight workshop you will experience an approach to teaching, which offers a mix of film footage, interactive group discussions and insightful hands on activities. All aimed to provide real practical solutions that can be put into practice straight away.

‘Anyone working with children with additional needs should come to this workshop, I have been so inspired by this workshop I will be recommending it to everyone’ (Carer/LSA Gosport)

Date:            Wednesday 12 March 2014

Time:           6.30pm-9.30pm

Cost:            £10 per person

Location:    Cups and Cakes Tea Rooms, 166 Portsmouth Road, Gosport, PO13 9AE

Please see the Workshop Information Flyer Microsoft Word 672kB  674kB for full details and bookings.

If you have any questions regarding this training opportunity please direct your enquires to Sharon Wilson, Sensecere at or 0787 0421212 or for booking queries please phone The Admin Team on 01962 845178 or email

3. Developing communication within your setting workshop – Alex Kelly

Due to the high number of bookings for the December workshop we have booked Alex to deliver another session in March 2014.

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 25 March 2014

Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm

Cost: £10 per person

Location: Hamble Sports Complex, Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4NE

Please see the Workshop Information flyer Microsoft Word 225kB for full details. To book your place/s complete and return the Booking form Microsoft Word 90kB.

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 Al Crabtree, The Bridging Worker for Eastleigh and Winchester on 07881 340135 or email or for booking queries please phone The Admin Team on 01962 845178 or email

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  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 4MB or email the Recreational Activities Inclusion Officer (for Disabled Children and Young People)


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.

The Passionate Mind Autism PowerPoint presentation Microsoft PowerPoint 6MB

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.

Understanding challenging behaviour of children with AS PowerPoint presentation Microsoft PowerPoint 7MB

uTube clips shown across the two presentations:

Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory TV programme
60mns First Words
Carly (short  version)
Carly (10 minute version that Wendy  showed)

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.

Keynote speaker: Rob Long - Aim to achieve, Aim to Achieve Keynote Presentation  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 4MB, Inspiring Inclusion Aim to achieve 2013 handout Microsoft PowerPoint 122kB


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 visual stories

Visual stories are short descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity, which include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why.  

Visual 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 visual stories (also sometimes known as social stories) and how to write one go to the National Autistic Society (NAS) webpage.

Examples of visual stories

More and more recreation and leisure activity providers are writing visual 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 visual stories to help give you ideas for what you might include in the ones you write: