Dr. Lori Ernsperger: Girls Under the Umbrella with Autism

Start Date End Date Location Booking Deadline Fully Booked
29/03/2017 29/03/2017 The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise 29/03/2017 No
Registration: 8:45 AM
Start: 9:15 AM
Finish: 3:30 PM

The Special Education Support Service (SESS), under the auspices of the Department of Education and Skills is providing a one day continuing professional development seminar for teachers working with pupils with special educational needs (SEN) in primary, post primary and special schools. The aim of these seminars is to enhance participants’ understanding and awareness of females with ASD.

The course aims to:

  • Highlight the core gender differences between males and females with ASD.

  • Explore the findings for the gender disparity including genetic protections in females, socialisation differences and gaps in diagnostic tools.

  • Provide educational strategies for teaching girls with ASD.

The course content will include:

  • A review of current prevalence rates and ratio norms.

  • An overview of specific characteristics of ASD which are related to females with ASD.

  • Identification of the gaps in diagnostic tools and preliminary findings on the role of genetics.

  • A review of differences in social communication skills and implementation strategies for teaching these skills in the classroom.

  • The teaching of the design of evidence based interventions for teaching personal hygiene.

  • The identification of practices that foster self-advocacy and safety in females with ASD


Information for Applicants

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.