An Introduction to Autism, Primary

Primary Autism Courses
Date Venue
1st October 2019 Monaghan Education Centre
2nd October 2019 Kilkenny Education Centre
3rd October 2019 West Cork Education Centre
4th October 2019 Galway Education Centre
8th October 2019 Mayo Education Centre
9th October 2019 Navan Education Centre
10th October 2019 Limerick Education Centre
11th October 2019 Blackrock Education Centre
5th November 2019 Cork Education Support Centre
5th May 2020 Laois Education Centre
6th May 2020 Tralee Education Centre
7th May 2020 Jackson's Hotel, Ballybofey, Donegal
12th May 2020 Carrick on Shannon Education Centre
13th May 2020 Drumcondra Education Centre
14th May 2020 Clare Education Centre
Registration: 8.45 AM
Seminar begins : 9.15 AM
Seminar concludes : 3.15 PM

Course Description

The seminar is designed for Primary Principals and Teachers who are currently working with a child diagnosed as having Autism. The seminar provides and understanding of Autism and how this effects the pupil’s ability to learn and develop social skills. It also focuses on assessment and strategies to enable inclusion and access to the curriculum.


Anticipated Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of Autism & the challenges pupils with Autism can experience in mainstream classrooms
  • Examine the unique learning styles of pupils with Autism

  • Discuss assessment and practical strategies to enable the inclusion of pupils with Autism

  • Engage in the practice of planning for pupils with Autism

  •  Explore methods to support pupils in acquiring social skills

  • Develop an understanding of approaches & strategies for eliminating challenging behaviour and developing adaptive behaviour


Course Outline and Content

  • Overview of Autism and the challenges experienced by the pupil with Autism.
  • Strategies such as developing social skills, structuring the learning environment, work systems, using timetables and visual supports
  • Understanding challenging behaviour and strategies to develop adaptive skills
  • Overview of assessments, IEPS and curriculum differentiation
  • Brief historical background, psychological theories and additional difficulties associated with ASD


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.