A is for Autism documentary

This short documentary is exactly 11 minutes long. If you only watch one video regarding autism today, I hope it’s this one. At my very first course on autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), the lecturer questioned our understanding and played this video. It is one of two films I always play when presenting training on ASD because I feel it gives a fresh perspective (that of children and adults who are on the spectrum) and hopefully enables practitioners to distance themselves from clinical facts to focus on the world-views of children with autism, to “empathise not sympathise”. Another reason I particularly like this film, is that it shows the variety of interests and day-to-day challenges faced by children, parents and teachers.

Perhaps, as part of World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) you could share the film with other practitioners, parents and interested parties?

Speech and Language in the Early Years INSET

Speech and Language in the Early Years

In Setting Training Agenda – 2012

The aim of this training is to support and develop practitioners’ understanding of children’s speech, language and communication development, knowledge of normal patterns of development, monitoring practices, effective multi-agency working, fostering parental partnerships and best practices when working with children with communicative difficulties.

10am -12pm Introduction
Why is communication so important?
Language Acquisition Theories
Contemporary Research-based Approaches to Communication
Types of Communicative Difficulties and Impairments
12-12.45pm LUNCH
12.45-3.30pm Practical Application of Theory
Augmentative and Alternative Means of Communication
British Sign Language, Sign Along and Makaton
The role of Early Years Practitioners, Speech and Language Therapists (SALTs) and other professionals

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Full slides and supporting materials (speaker’s notes, appendix, handouts, activity outlines) to follow.

Patricia Kuhl’s The Linguistic Genius of Babies video can be found here.

Charles Limb’s Building the Musical Muscle video can be found here.