An introduction to autism and supportive strategies for sports and physical activity leaders

TitleAn introduction to autism and supportive strategies for sports and physical activity leaders
VenueClare Mount Sports College ,Fender Lane, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 9PA 
Contact NameDan O’Keefe
Telephone0151 606 9440


This one-day course combines an introduction to autism with a practical focus on how you can support autistic children and adults to participate in sport and physical activities. The course was developed as part of the Active for Autism project, a project that aimed to develop resources and training to increase the confidence and skills of sports and physical activity leaders in delivering inclusive sport and physical activity for autistic people, increasing the levels of participation of autistic people in sport and physical activity in order to build self-esteem and wellbeing.

Course content

  • The main areas of difference in autism (social communication and interaction, sensory processing, information processing)
  • How autism can affect people’s experience of sport and physical activity
  • Supportive approaches – using the SPELL framework of structure, positive
    approaches, empathy, low arousal and links
  • Practical demonstration of strategies and activity plans
  • Evaluating and developing your practice.

Participants are advised to come dressed appropriately to allow them to participate in physical activities.


Who should attend?

You may be a sports specialist who works with autistic children or adults, or you may support autistic children or adults and want to find out how best to help them enjoy sport. You need no prior knowledge of autism.


Why attend?

This course will give you a good understanding of autism, how it affects people differently, and the barriers it can create to enjoying sport and physical activity.

We bring theory and practice together so you can reflect on your own skills, interests and communication styles, and leave the day ready to develop your own practice.

You’ll meet fellow practitioners and work with our Active for Autism Training Consultant Ruth Jones, who combines her Health and Fitness Professional background with many years’ experience of supporting autistic people. On completion of the course you can join Network Autism, our online professionals’ forum.

When & Where?

Date: Thursday 2nd November 2017

Time: 9am to 3pm

Location: Clare Mount Sports College ,Fender Lane, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 9PA

Cost: £60 per person


Contact Dan O’Keefe to book your place: 0151 606 9440

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