•What is autism?
•Common differences experienced by people with autism participating in sport
•Using Structure, Positive Approaches, Empathy, Low Arousal and Links to support people with autism in a sports context
•Suggested strategies using practical demonstration and activity plans
•Evaluating and developing your practice.
Who should attend?
This course is suitable for anyone involved in delivering sport or physical activity who wants to develop an awareness and understanding of autism. Participants will gain an understanding of the autism spectrum in relation to the delivery of sport and physical activity. This course is relevant for those who support children or adults with autism.
Benefits of attending:
•gain an increased understanding of the autism spectrum
•understand that autism affects people in different ways
•gain an insight into the experiences of participants who are on the autism spectrum and their sports coaches
•learn how using the NAS SPELL (Structure, Positive Approaches, Empathy, Low Arousal and Links) framework can help you support people on the autism spectrum in sport and physical activity sessions
•be aware of the barriers that may be faced by people on the autism spectrum participating in sport
•learn how to work more effectively to support people on the autism spectrum in sport and physical activity sessions.
Participants will be helped to make the link between theoretical knowledge and practice. The course places emphasis on reflective practice and consideration of the participant’s skills, interests and communication styles with tools to enable your continued development. It makes use of presentation, group interaction, self-directed learning, physical activity and video.
Participants are advised to come dressed appropriately to allow them to participate in physical activities.