Free one-hour webinars for teachers and other autism professionals

The National Autistic Society and Axcis Education Recruitment have produced two series of one-hour webinars to help teachers and other autism professionals learn the tools and strategies they need to support children with autism effectively. Each series consists of six free webinars.

Education is a fundamental part of every child's life, but far too many children with autism are not getting the education they need. With the right support, every child has the opportunity to succeed. Parents and young people agree that knowledge of autism, more than anything else, helps children's needs to be met.

Series 2

  • Promoting inclusion, preventing bullying
    (Originally aired: 16 May 2013)

    This webinar discusses how a whole school approach to improving access, participation and achievement helps promote inclusion and prevents bullying of children with autism in mainstream schools. Methods of introducing a whole school approach are outlined and information on where to find resources and guidance to support teachers and SENCOs with implementing this approach are provided.
  • The new Ofsted inspection framework
    (Originally aired: 11 April 2013)

    This webinar, given by HMI Janet Thompson, examines the new Ofsted inspection framework. It gives an overview of how the framework has changed and what inspectors will be looking for. In particular, it will help teachers and SENCOs to understand how it applies to SEN in schools and how they can best prepare for inspections.
  • Educational provision and teaching approaches for children with PDA
    (Originally aired: 20 March 2013)

    Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) syndrome is a lifelong disability that affects boys and girls equally. The main difficulty for people with PDA is their avoidance of the everyday demands made by other people, due to their high anxiety levels when they feel that they are not in control. However, because they tend to have better social communication and interaction skills than other people on the spectrum, they can use those skills to disguise their resistance through common avoidance behaviour. This webinar gives an overview of PDA and discusses strategies and techniques that can help teachers and SENCOs to support people with the disorder in the classroom.
  • Neurodevelopment and social competence in autism spectrum disorder
    (Originally aired: 7 February 2013)

    This webinar discusses current research in neurodevelopment and how learning differences impact the development of social competence in people with autism spectrum disorders. It looks at how we can address the core challenges faced by individuals and their families. The webinar also describes how the SCERTS® model builds competence in social communication, emotional regulation and transactional support, and is applicable for individuals with a wide range of abilities and ages across home, school and community settings.

  • The science of making friends for teens and young adults with ASD: the UCLA PEERS programme
    (Originally aired: 24 January 2013)

    PEERS is a new, cutting-edge social skills intervention. The parent-assisted intervention, soon to be cited by NICE as the best example of an evidence-based social skills intervention for young people with autism, aims to help those who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. This webinar gives an overview of the PEERS programme, talking about why it was developed and how it is structured. It provides a fascinating insight into this new intervention for teens and a unique opportunity to ask its creator, Dr Elizabeth Laugeson, questions about the programme and how it works.
  • Education of girls on the autism spectrum
    (Originally aired: 11 December 2012)

    This webinar looks at the differences in how autism presents in girls, examining the potential reasons why girls with autism are not being identified and the problems they may encounter at school as a result. The webinar also addresses the specific educational needs of girls with autism, providing useful information about how teachers and SENCOs can modify lessons and presenting strategies that are geared specifically towards girls with autism.

Series 1

  • Boundaries, relationships and sexuality
    (Originally aired: 21 March 2012)

    This webinar helps you to gain a greater awareness of how the main differences in autism directly impact on the development of relationships. It provides some key tips and advice on how to talk competently and confidently about relationships, puberty and sexuality to children with autism.
  • Communication and social interaction
    (Originally aired: 1 March 2012)

    This webinar helps you to better understand the difficulties people with autism have with social aspects of communication and learn how to adapt language and communication styles for children on the autism spectrum. It will make you more aware of and be more confident in using a range of individual strategies to support the development of social interaction skills.
  • Sensory considerations
    (Originally aired: 26 January 2012)

    This webinar helps you to develop a better understanding of the evidence base for sensory differences in children with autism, as well as sensory systems and how they are affected. You will learn how to use individualised support strategies in the classroom to create a more sensory-appropriate learning environment for children with autism.
  • Positive behaviour support
    (Originally aired: 19 January 2012)

    This webinar helps you to develop a greater ability in defining challenging behaviour relating to people with autism and how to identify causes of anxiety and associated characteristics. It will increase your understanding of how to use individualised support strategies and to be more confident in identifying and making changes to how to teach children with autism.
  • The framework for intervention
    (Originally aired: 1 December 2011)

    This webinar helps you to identify areas for improvement using the SPELL framework and have a better awareness of how to structure information for people with autism. It looks at how to focus on the more positive aspects of every individual and increased attendees' understanding of some of the difficulties faced by people with autism, including the impact of environmental factors.
  • Understanding the autism spectrum
    (Originally aired: 10 November 2011)

    This webinar helps you to develop an increased awareness of how autism is displayed and a better understanding of the autism spectrum. In particular, it teaches you how to identify autism and explores the range of abilities found within autism.