Understanding and supporting students with autism in the mainstream classroom
Understanding and supporting students with autism in the mainstream classroom (primary and intermediate) with Kit McIntyre
This workshop will introduce participants to the characteristics of autism identified in children.
Participants will recognise how autism is likely to manifest in the mainstream classroom and gain teaching strategies for managing likely behaviours and learning characteristics.
The workshop will cover
• The history of autism
• Diagnosis and treatment
• Current cognitive assessments and theories in autism
• Classroom strategies to support effective learning and behaviour.
Participants will discuss real-world scenarios they have experienced and will be offered an opportunity to discuss and problem-solve specific student behaviours in their own context.
Kit is an experienced NZ trained teacher who has worked at primary, intermediate and secondary levels. She is an experienced SENCO with knowledge of support systems and agencies that best support special needs students in schools. Kit has been a specialist teacher for remedial ‘boys only’ classes and has a particular interest in autism. She has undertaken a Postgraduate Course in Specialist Teaching (Autism) at Massey University. Kit offers expertise to support classroom teachers with knowledge and strategies to understand and support autistic students in mainstream settings.