Accessing the Curriculum through Literacy for Students with Autism, Primary

Primary Autism Courses
Date Venue
14th November 2019 Dublin West Education Centre
4th March 2020 Galway Education Centre
Registration: 8.45 AM
Seminar begins : 9.15 AM
Seminar concludes : 3.15 PM

Summary Description

This one-day course explores the concept of literacy in the context of teaching students with Autism. It gives the teacher information on challenges that may be experienced by the pupil with Autism in the acquisition and employment of literacy skills and practices. It provides an overview of assessment and offers useful approaches and strategies to enable the development of literacy skills for students with autism.


Participants should have already completed a seminar or course in working with pupils with autism prior to attending this course


Anticipated Outcomes

Participants will

  • Revise the current research on teaching and learning of literacy for students with autism in early years and primary education.
  • Evaluate a personal concept of literacy and reflect on the development of literacy from a semiotic approach to literacy and language development
  • Elaborate on current strategies and approaches for the development of literacy skills across the social and academic world of the child with autism
  • Explore the concept of differentiation as a means of access to the curriculum
  • Advance the concepts of adapting curriculum content, process and product
  • Critically appraise and construct relevant assessment tools to identify and advance literacy skills
  • Explore practical and inclusive ways to implement the Primary Language Curriculum for students with Autism


Course Outline and Content

  • Current research in literacy, language and communication
  • Literacy skills across the curriculum
  • Primary Language Curriculum
  • Assessment tools for literacy within the autism classroom including practical activities
  • Focused and purposeful interventions with reference to national policy and research-based practices
  • Creating a strategy toolbox
  • Development of skills in literacy – to advance the development of a profile of literacy practices for each learner
  • Brief exploration of digital technology



Information for Applicants

The course is open to

  • Teachers working in classes for student(s) with Autism in a mainstream setting
  • Teachers in special schools who are currently working with student(s) with Autism
  • Full-time Special Education Teachers who are currently working with student(s) with Autism
  • Participants will require permission from the Board of Management to attend. Typically, substitution for this seminar will only be allowed to classroom teachers with primary responsibility for students with a special educational need and if it is deemed absolutely essential by the Principal
  • Typically substitution will only be allocated to non - substitute teachers
  • Payment is not available to teachers in a substitute capacity


Refreshments and lunch will be provided.