Teaching Young Children with Autism, aged 3-5 years, Primary

Start Date End Date Location Booking Deadline Fully Booked
26/01/2018 26/01/2018 Galway Education Centre 25/01/2018 No
Registration: 8.45 AM
Seminar begins : 9.15 AM
Seminar concludes : 3.15 PM

Course Description:

This one-day course is available to teachers of young children with Autism, aged 3 to 5 years.

The course illustrates simple yet innovative practice that develops social and emotional understanding, communication, and flexibility in thought and behaviour. Videos of teacher/child interaction in the classroom setting are used as a basis for discussion of daily activities and promoting strategies to engage the young child and to promote social inclusion.


Anticipated outcomes: 

Participants will:

  • Develop awareness of the challenges facing children with Autism
  • Understand the unique social and communicative needs of the child with Autism
  • Understand the benefits of implementing a child-centred teaching and learning approach
  • Develop awareness of the importance of play in engaging the young child and in developing social communication and inclusion in young children with Autism
  • Understand the benefits of classroom structure and become familiar with practical teaching strategies
  • Develop awareness of various Autism specific approaches to teaching and learning


Course outline and content:

This course encompasses

  • Background to Autism

  • Using a social developmental approach to teaching young children with Autism

  • An overview of current best practice and Autism specific approaches to teaching and learning

  • Practical strategies for teaching and learning in the classroom

  • Promoting collaboration as a key to success



  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder, psychological theories, sensory issues

  • Developing and promoting social language through play, engagement with others, turn-taking, developing a sense of self

  • Drawing on Autism specific approaches to develop an individualised curriculum

  • Implementing a structured approach which promotes flexibility and independence

  • Following the child’s lead to engage in activities which are enjoyable and beneficial


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.