More young people with autism are to receive expert support after the staging of a training event at Prior’s Court.

More than 30 delegates – both Prior’s Court staff and external representatives – received certificates after completing our 3-day Structured Teaching course, which ran from January 28 to 30.

Delegates explored themes including physical and visual structure; schedules; behaviour management; development of communication; vocational and leisure skills; and assessment.

The course is delivered by TEACCH-certified Practitioners and Advanced Consultants, and expert Speech and Language Therapists, with extensive experience, and features both theoretical and practical applications of structured teaching.

I expected to learn about tasks and structures, and to understand more about structured teaching each to develop my ideas. I learnt far more than I expected. It has been carefully thought-out in who delivers what aspect and how it is delivered. I would recommend it.

– External delegate who works in a SEN school and has worked with children and adults with SEN for 20 years.

Our three-day Structured Teaching course is suitable for professionals working with people on the autistic spectrum; and parents and carers of people with autism.

Kirsty Dawson, our Learning & Development Manager, said: “We believe passionately in opening our doors to share our experience and expertise with other professionals, parents and anyone wanting to learn as we are keen to enhance the life opportunities of all young people with severe autism, regardless of whether they are at Prior’s Court or not.

“This is why our specialist training courses are available to external, as well as internal, delegates.

“It is also hugely beneficial to have so many people with experiences of autism in the same room to share what they have found to be successful practices and further pool knowledge.”

Our next three-day structured teaching course is being held from June 9 to June 11 this year.

For more details and to book a place, click here.

It helps to have a good balance between theory and practical work as it helps to break up the course. It is always good to refresh and reconnect with how things should be done, and this is a great environment for it. It is great to be able to walk around the site and see techniques in action.

- Two external delegates who are SEN teachers of ten and five years’ experience.