Comprehensive SEN Live Online Course; Practical knowledge and strategies to help support Autism, PDA, ODD and Dyslexia


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Practical knowledge and strategies to help support Autism, PDA, ODD and Dyslexia

• Practical Knowledge & Strategies for Teaching & Managing Students with PDA/ODD
• Understanding Dyslexia for School Staff
• Developing your Autism Acceptance and Understanding



Session 1: Practical systems and strategies for teaching and managing students with PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) / ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) Course

This session designed to give participants an insight, understanding and provide a kit bag of strategies. Participants will be given a range of options for inclusive educational approaches and uncomplicated strategies to meet the needs of children and young persons with PDA/ODD to support them effectively.


• Gain insight into Pathological Demand Avoidance and Oppositional Defiant Disorder;
• Understanding of the barriers and the impact they may cause;
• Practice strategies and techniques to address the barriers and modify impact;
• Understanding of possible triggers and behaviour;
• Explore ways to de-escalate challenging behaviour;
• Develop an understanding of the key principles and strategies of positive behaviour linked to the conditions;


Session 2: Developing Your Autism Acceptance & Understanding

This session is designed to develop participants’ understanding and knowledge of Autism (Autism Spectrum Disorder) including the various barriers and challenges students may face day-to-day. Diagnoses are on the rise and it is estimated that approximately one in every hundred children in the UK has Autism. It is thought that for every three children with a diagnosis of Autism there are another two children who have the condition but have not been given a formal diagnosis.


• Gain an understanding of the history and possible causes of Autism;
• Develop knowledge around Autism and neurodiversity;
• Understand comorbidity linked to Autism;
• Gain an awareness of communication and sensory challenges;
• Look at the possible behavioural patterns;
• Develop an understanding of the key interventions and strategies available;
• Identify how to improve autism awareness within your setting, school or college;
• Look at clear links to supporting parents and staff.


Session 3: Understanding Dyslexia For School Staff

Did you know 10% of the UK population has Dyslexia that’s approximately 6.3 million people and 1 in 6 adults have a reading age of an eleven-year-old? Knowing this clearly demonstrates why this is an essential course for anyone working within education. During this session participants will not only further develop their understanding and knowledge of dyslexia, but will leave with reassuringly uncomplicated strategies to enable students to enjoy lessons and succeed in class.

• Understand what is dyslexia;
• Gain more knowledge and understanding about dyslexia including, history, research and characteristics (including challenges and strengths);
• Gain an awareness of visual stress;
• Develop an understanding of the key interventions and strategies available;
• Explore links to supporting parents and staff;
• Work through a selection of case studies covering all the conditions discussed throughout the day to further develop understanding.



Karen Ferguson


Target Audience

Aimed at anyone working directly or indirectly with students looking to further develop their understanding and knowledge of PDA, ODD, Autism and Dyslexia. Ideal for school-based staff including teachers, head teachers, deputy headteacher, SENCO, special education teacher, school support staff, classroom assistant, teaching assistant, pastoral care staff and pastoral lead teacher.



Additional information

Date and Location

13th October 2021, 26th January 2022