Workshops & skype sessions
I am offering Autism workshops in a variety of ways. I can visit your workplace or home place setting. The areas I cover to visit are Powys, Gwynedd, Ceredigion and Shrewsbury. Topics typically discussed are: language and communication and how to use a variety of ways, PECS, body language, signing, communication electronic aids, picture boards and telepathy. Play activities to suit their indivdual sensory needs. Tools that could be used to assist their developement such as silent ear muffs, squeeze implements, blankets, sunglasses, music and many other tools. Sensory issues can affect a persons ability to be able to concentrate on the simplest of things. Once we discover and accept the sensory issues, lives can become much easier and more enjoyable for both the carer and the autistic person, who is always commmunicating through their behaviours. We wish to maintain dignity and honour in all our clients lives. I have included some workshop examples below:
We discuss ways of supporting and understanding the behaviours before we just stop them. Once we understand the reasons we can then work together to find other solutions if the behaviours are challenging to others or indeed harmful to the autistic person.
In recent years I have provided workshops for:
The Crisis Centre in Bishops Castle
Newtown and Brecon and Aberystywth Colleges.
Dragon Trees, a community support day care centre in Newtown for adults with challenges such as autism and other differences
Workshop topics – Hosted by Kerrie Berroyer of dazlious-learning the language of autism
• What is autism?
Discussing various definitions of autism, by scientists, those with autism, researchers, and National societies and seeing the variations in this.
• How do we communicate with those on the spectrum?
Discussing strategies of communication, including sign language (the pros and cons of this) PECS, communication aids, photos, voice and sound, even silence.
• How do those with autism communicate with us?
Helping and encouraging us to see the often missed forms of communication with those especially non-verbal.
• Why is communication so challenging to those with autism?
Discussing outside and unseen (often by those without autism) influences that can cause difficulties and overloads for those with autism when trying to communicate and respond.
• Awareness of sensory needs - discomforts and pleasures
A multitude of reasons and possibilities of why life can be challenging for those with autism involving sensory issues. Sound, touch, elements, music, silence, movement,
• Stimming/chatting and repeating rocking, bouncing/ aggression
We discuss the various possible physical activity of those with autism, the need for it and the reasons for it. How can we incorporate this into our teaching and supporting the students in our care?
• What can we learn from those with autism?
I discuss and share many quotes of those I have met and read about on the spectrum. Inspiring conversations, lessons of living and loving.
We discuss why the need to meet and learn the language of autism is essential for those with autism and those without.
We will discuss activities to explore, different ways to teach math, English, spelling.
An awareness of how a person with autism may learn and process information and activities- for example;
A person may not engage physically in an activity but may be absorbing information, watching and accepting information into their processing strategies. Maybe next time they will engage..Accepting the differences in the individual.
Fear- may not be what it appears to be- explore this further- for example, not wanting to go into a room, might not be the room but the door itself.
Q & A at the end if required.
This list is no means exhaustive, tailor made workshops for each setting is happily created and deisgned.
here is another example:
• Energetic communication –
This is a major factor in relationships between autistic people and non-autistics. More focus and discussions are opening up on this topic.
We talk of people with autism being sensitive, but do we really understand the levels of sensitivity and how this affects communication?
People who are autistic can FEEL and SENSE so much more than the physical
• Some may not realise or know how to put into words what they are feeling and sensing as it is overwhelming and indescribable
• Many will think that you can feel it too and so do not need to be told by them what is happening
Individualism is something that is different for many on the autistic spectrum to those who are not.
Usually when we reach a certain age after 2.5 years old we start to gain an awareness of others feelings and points of view.
Autistic people often do not.
This is because of the ability to feel connected to EVERYTHING and EVERYONE
So they can really think that what they feel or like is the same for you too. They are often very shocked by the reactions of others to their behaviours. This is a real and from research one of the most challenging concepts for autistic people to realise. As their natural state to be is full connectedness to everyone and everything.
Amanda – my language (youtube video) she says that she is ironically told that it is she who cannot communicate, yet she communicates with her whole environment at the same time, yet verbal non autistic people communicate with just each other on a basic level!
How to raise the energy to ease stress and anxiety
• This takes practise and patience
• Keep yourself centred by deep breathing
• Staying calm and out of the situation emotionally
• Remember behaviours are NOT personal – this aids the ability to keep positive and therefore helping to calm a situation down much more quickly
• Do not shout, or shame a person’s behaviour
• Be truthful in your intentions and confident – your energy will give off a vibe that says whether you are being true hearted, if you are unsure and fearful the person with autism will feel this and so react to it, often by becoming more anxious
• Speaking harsh words to them can feel like a barrage of pain, the intention of the words are far more damaging than the words themselves.
• Be as positive as the situation allows you to be. Always ask for help from team members, do not beat yourself up if you find a situation hard to cope with. A team is to support and honesty can help achieve this level of support.
• Be very mindful that you are not punishing someone because of their autism, this can be crushing and incredibly painful
• Be mindful of the conversations you have about clients around them. Speaking negatively of autism can be highly damaging on a long term and devastating level. Having a condition that is branded as disorder can be crushing for many and it. Seeing it discussed and how to cure it, can too be crushing, being medicated can be confusing and incredibly difficult for those to understand. This can also affect their autism even more severely in many other ways.
• Being mindful of what we have just discussed at all times.
• Being verbal adds more challenges often to the person with autism as processing can be an issue
• Give time for a word or words to be processed, sometimes a time delay is needed. What might appear to be being ignored is often a processing challenge. If words are spoken to quickly or for too long, processing can become impossible and so a shut down is required. This can manifest in:
• Becoming agitated and aggressive
• Running away
• Falling to the ground
• repeating what you say (which can be seen as ridicule) it isn’t
• not doing as you ask (which can be seen as defiant and stubborn and wanting their own way) it is not
When this happens not only are the words a jumbled up noise, they are also dealing with the energy emitted from you, which can be increasingly louder or harsher as you become more anxious.
• If you can, ask the person if they understand?
• Ask them if they need you to slow down your words or sentences and what would help them in any way
- • Ease their minds and be compassionate & loving - this is necessary to help build their trust in you
• Discuss communication and words (if you can)
Some words for some people on the spectrum can have drastic effects on them for example:
Some words can make people feel itchy or like they have thousands of ants crawling over them. Some can even burn. Some can create a feeling of excitement & joy others can do the opposite.
Eye to eye contact:
Some can look at you while you are speaking. Many cannot and will not. No matter how much you ask them to. This is a real coping strategy that should be honoured. Get used to the fact that someone does not need to be looking at you to hear you. In fact they will better hear you and process words if they do not look at you at all.
Many with autism have expressed this fact, from verbal and ‘high functioning’ to low functioning and non-verbal speaking people.
• Another factor to communication challenges can be their ability to see words in images
• As you are speaking they may see hundreds of images through their minds, this can be a massively huge distraction.
• So sensitive are people with autism they have so much more to process and decipher through than we do.
• It is exhausting communicating for people with autism, like really exhausting. Similar to a whole day of intense interaction for those of us not autistic can be just as exhausting for just half hour for those with autism. Taking into account everything we have already discussed.
Socialising and interacting:
Sometimes it may seem that you are being deliberately ignored, as you are standing right by them and they are not responding. You are not being ignored deliberately..
All behaviours are meaningful, maybe not to you but to the autistic person they are, otherwise they would not do it.
Many behaviours are a way of filtering out stimuli or ways to process what they are experiencing.
(read top 10 list)
• autism is a different way of being a human not less just different
• many with autism are tapping into realms we have no idea are there
• dimensions unseen that scientists speak of but not many of us know or understand
• just because we cannot see it does not mean it is not there
• many speak of hearing the flowers and trees energy sounds
• many speak of seeing other beings – light and other colours and energy fields
• many are using senses to such a higher degree than the average non autistic person does that we find it almost impossible to accept that it could be possible
• many speak of seeing sound
• hearing colours
• feeling a word which can be pleasant and sometimes very unpleasant
• smells so intense that it can cause sickness and vomiting or for someone to run away
• reaching out and hitting someone can be another survival tool...not acceptable of course but there is always a real valid reason and mostly never to intentionally hurt you