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2023-24 Lunch and Learns

Check out the latest recordings of our 2023-24 Lunch and Learn sessions.

Each webinar covers a specific topic and was run by an expert from our organisation. Take a look below to watch the recordings from past webinars or read the accompanying blog.

 

Presenter Session title

Carrie Caceres-Taguiang

Outreach Consultant

Autism and challenges associated with eating 

Matthew Wicks

Head of Outreach and Training

Positive Behaviour Support: A School Wide Model

David Anthony

Director of Research, Learning and New Business

Building strategies for resilience

Francesca Moore, Behaviour Analyst

Alicia Robson, Therapy Assistant

Masking and the impact on mental health

Marta Martin Perteguer

Deputy Head of Early Years

Emotional Regulation and Autism

Hannah Smith, Head of Fast Responder

Cynthia Gouveia Caria, Outreach Consultant

Exploring Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and helpful approaches

Rachael Hlomador

Outreach Consultant

Overcoming challenges associated with toileting 

Rachael Hlomador

Outreach Consultant

Building sibling interaction

Carrie Caceres-Taguiang

Outreach Consultant

Autism and Mental Health: strategies and sources of support

Sarah Larner

Head of Early Years

Exploring challenges associated with sleep

Friday, 19th July

 

Autism and challenges associated with eating

Carrie Caceres-Taguaing, Outreach Consultant

This lunch and learn covers the common eating challenges and patterns associated with autism before looking at strategies for intervention. It is suitable for parents and carers as well as professionals who may need support to understand and manage feeding and eating problems with the autistic individuals they work with.  

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Positive Behaviour Support: A School Wide Model

Matt Wicks, Head of Outreach and Training

This session explores the implementation of a school wide positive behaviour support (SWPBS) model in a Special Needs School. We discuss how a setting is assessed for readiness, what steps are required to implement the model including documentation, training requirements and culture changes. The session answers the question of how feasible it is to implement the model in an SEN school and will be relevant to school leaders, behaviour analysts and other professionals involved in interdisciplinary teams in schools.

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Building strategies for resilience

David Anthony, Director of Research, Learning and New Business Development

This session explores what is meant by ‘resilience’. It provides suggestions and strategies on developing the resilience of professionals, parents and individual learners using a range of tools.

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Masking and the impact on mental health

Francesca Moore, Behaviour Analyst, and Alicia Robson, Therapy Assistant

In this lunch and learn session, we explore what masking is, the signs of masking, and the impacts of masking. Hear some personal experiences of masking at school and university from our speakers. We then consider ways in which professionals and parents can support those who are masking to ‘unmask’, and prevent the negative impacts on mental health.

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Emotional Regulation and Autism

Marta Martin Perteguer, Deputy Head of Early Years

This lunch and learn discussed factors that can contribute to emotional dysregulation in autistic individuals and how exploring proactive and reactive strategies through co-regulation can lead to the development of independent self-regulation tools.

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Exploring Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and helpful approaches

Hannah Smith, Head of Fast Responder and Cynthia Gouveia Caria, Outreach Consultant

The first part of this session pinpoints the key characteristics of a PDA profile, how demands are perceived by those who have a PDA profile and how these demands can impact on anxiety. The second half of this session explores approaches to support and strategies to reduce anxiety.

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Overcoming challenges associated with toileting

Rachael Hlomador, Outreach Consultant

In this lunch and learn we will explored the challenges associated with toileting. It focused on strategies that can be used to increase independence around toileting. It also highlighted different approaches to toileting and some prerequisite skills that can be built before toileting. The session seeks to reduce the stress and anxiety around toileting for both children and carers.

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Building sibling interaction

Rachael Hlomador, Outreach Consultant

This lunch and learn discusses various strategies to build positive sibling relationships. It highlights the different ways in which carers can facilitate a meaningful interaction for both autistic and non-autistic children as well as exploring different activities that can promote positive interactions.

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Autism and mental health: strategies and sources of support

Carrie Caceres-Taguiang, Outreach Consultant, and Emma Price, Head of Tram House School

This lunch and learn explores the mental health problems that some autistic individuals may experience. It highlights how stress and anxiety can affect autistic individuals. The second part of the Lunch and Learn explores some strategies and approaches to reduce stress and anxiety and provides some recommendations to parents, carers and professionals for how to improve the mental health of autistic individuals.

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