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Professional learning for teachers and educators

Creating autism friendly schools helps create more inclusive learning environments in which all students succeed and flourish. Our professional programs and modules are designed to assist educators to create real change in their school settings and establish learning environments that will reach all learners.

What teachers and educators will learn

Our autism programs are designed to help educators increase their understanding of autism and improve their skills and expertise when working with students on the spectrum. They also provide strategies and resources for strengthening relationships between home and school.

The professional learning programs focus on:

Accreditation

Our professional learning programs and 'Introduction to Autism' online course is accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Institute of Teachers and the ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI). Other institutions and universities recognise our programs and online courses and allow them to count toward professional learning hours. Please contact your relevant organisation to ascertain their recognition of our programs and courses.

Eligibility and involvement criteria

Teachers and school leaders in government, non-government, primary and secondary schools throughout Australia are eligible to participate in our autism learning programs.

Workshop locations are arranged in consultation with education sectors.

Currently all workshops have been scheduled for 2019. If you require further information please contact professionallearning@autismspectrum.org.au

Program Formats

Concurrent program

This program provides a unique opportunity for a school team (a teacher and school leader) to come together with their parents/carers to strengthen partnerships, share knowledge, and build collaborative strategies that support their young people on the autism spectrum. It consists of two online learning modules and one face to face workshop day.


Co-located program

This program brings together school teams (a teacher and school leader) from a number of schools to increase and share knowledge, skills and expertise in supporting young people on the autism spectrum. It consists of pre- and post- online learning activities and two face to face workshop days. It uses data from a whole school survey to guide the implementation of a school action plan. This program equates to 35 hours of professional learning. Parent/Carer workshops are offered in the same location shortly after the professional learning program.


Whole School program

This program is planned collaboratively with the school’s leadership team and is guided by the school’s strategic direction. All members of staff participate in this program. It consists of pre- and post- online learning activities, the equivalent of two face to face workshop days and a school survey which guides the implementation of a school action plan. A team from the school is trained to plan and facilitate Parent/Carer workshop sessions within their school community. This program equates to 35 hours of professional learning.


Take a look at our video interview with Anna, a school teacher, and Loraine, a parent of a child on the autism spectrum. They discuss a teacher and parent workshop they participated in together, their expectations of the workshop beforehand and the journey they then went through together as they learned more about how to foster positive partnerships between home and school.