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Understanding autism and how it can impact on the child and their carers

12.02.20 9:30 am
12.02.20 4:30 pm


Children in Wales

*: £95.00 – £135.00

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“The course was one of the best I’ve been on in 20 years. It was passionate, informative and so positive – thank you!”

“I feel it was more informative due to the fact that the trainer shared her own personal experience”

“This was an excellent course and delivered well and personal aspects were wonderful”

A one-day course

The aim of the course is to raise awareness and develop an increased understanding of autism in order to continually improve the quality of support to children and young people on the spectrum and their families/carers.

This course will be facilitated by a trainer who is experienced and knowledgeable in the field of autism through her professional and personal life. This personal experience and empathic insight gives a real and unique dimension to the training offered.

The course will encourage inclusive participation to ensure the day is not only informative but also enjoyable.

The course will cover the following learning outcomes:-

  • Gain an increased understanding of autism spectrum disorder
  • Be able to identify the key features of autism and how it impacts on children
  • Gain an increased understanding of the importance of communication and preparation to reduce anxiety
  • Explore positive strategies to support and enable children with autism
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the concerns/reactions of parents and practitioners especially in the period prior to diagnosis and explore pro-active strategies of support

About the Trainer

Sian Owen BSc (Hons), RGN, RNLD

Sian was born and raised in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire and can communicate fluently in both Welsh and English.

Her passion is to ensure a better awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as increasing the understanding and promote the required skills so that individuals, children and adults always receive the best possible support.

She worked for thirty years in the field of learning disability nursing supporting, caring and advocating on behalf of individuals with learning disability and autism. The source of her passion coming from the fact that she has personal experience of having a brother with autism and learning disability.

Sian also had the opportunity to work as the Director for Inclusion for ‘Mudiad Meithrin’ for ten years and saw this as a wonderful opportunity and challenge to support staff, families and young children with additional needs. She was innovative in the role e.g. successfully securing funding from the Lottery for an all Wales training project to raise the awareness of autism for early years practitioners.

Training has always been a key factor in her career, believing that high quality training, tailored thoughtfully and skillfully for the audience, is vitally important to increase the awareness and understanding of autism.

Most recently she has worked as a Practice Education Facilitator for nurse students in the field of learning disability and mental health at Bangor University. This post gave her opportunities to provide training sessions for the students.

Her personal experience with her brother, over a period of fifty years, enables her to offer an additional level to her training and advice. This ensures empathy and sensitive understanding from the personal perspective of the individual with autism and their family.

Sian now works as an independent advisor and trainer in the field of autism, learning disabilities and inclusion.

She lives in Mold, Flintshire with her family and in her spare time she continues to work voluntarily as a trustee of Learning Disability Wales and is a member of the All Wales Cross Party Autism Group.

This course is also offered as in-house training, please contact training@childreninwales.org.uk for more information.

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